Dentistry is dedicated to the maintenance of sound oral health and treatment for diseases of the animal’s mouth, teeth and jaw. Dogwood Veterinary Hospital & Pet Resort offers full dental care including cleanings, periodontitis treatments, and extractions. With the use of diagnostic tests, such as radiographs, the 70% of the tooth that cannot be seen by the naked eye can be evaluated. Oral tumors, jaw fractures, root abscesses and root fractures may be corrected to restore normal function.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is inflammation of the tissue around the teeth. It affects about 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over 3 years of age! Signs of periodontal disease include bad breath, red or swollen gums, a yellow-brown crust near the gum line, loose or missing teeth, discomfort when the mouth or gums are touched and possible decreased appetite or weight loss due to difficulty chewing. The inflammation associated with oral disease may damage the heart, liver, kidneys and lead to other serious ailments.