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As a responsible adult, you work hard to take care of your health and your appearance, which includes taking good care of your teeth. You wouldn’t go days, weeks, months or years without brushing your teeth or visiting the dentist.

Doesn’t your animal companion deserve the same level of care and attention?

Clean teeth and healthy gums are the cornerstones to your pet enjoying a long, healthy life and it starts with ongoing preventative care – just like you would do for your own oral health.

Camden Pet Hospital offers complete pet dentistry services to help prevent things like gingivitis, tartar buildup and more serious conditions like periodontal disease. If left untreated, dental problems can cause everything from bad breath to tooth loss, and eventually lead to systemic problems throughout your pet’s entire body. Bacteria that develops on your pet’s teeth and below the gum line can spread through the bloodstream, damaging the heart, kidneys and liver.

The good news is, these things can be prevented by bringing your pet in to see us at least once a year for regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings. Our hospital is outfitted with a well-equipped dental suite where our highly skilled staff will assist with all of your pet’s dental care needs. Whether it’s removal of plaque and polishing the teeth, or performing an extraction to remove diseased or broken teeth, we’ve got everything necessary to keep your pet smiling pretty for many years to come!

Some of the signs that your pet may be suffering from a dental problem include:

  • Bad breath
  • Yellow, broken or missing teeth
  • Signs of plaque (yellowish/brownish buildup near the gum line)
  • Red, inflamed or bleeding gums
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Obvious pain around the mouth area

If you notice your pet exhibiting any of these symptoms, it’s time to schedule a dental evaluation.

Dental visits at Camden Pet Hospital begin with a complete physical examination. This exam is important for evaluating your pet’s general health, since dental procedures require that your pet be placed under general anesthesia. We want to be certain that any and all risks are identified and prepared for ahead of time, prior to performing any dental work on your companion. When we’ve established that your pet is well enough to proceed, we will carefully administer an anesthetic for a safe and painless sleep during the dental cleaning.

Once sedated, our team will get to work removing any tartar buildup from your pet’s teeth using a hand scaler. An ultrasonic scaler will then be used to clean above the gum line while a curette cleans and smoothes the teeth under the gumline and in all the little crevices where bacteria tends to hide. Your pet’s teeth will then be polished and the gums washed with an antibacterial solution to help delay the future build-up of plaque and tartar.

Finally, though equally as important, is the role that you play as part of your pet’s oral health care team. Dental visits do not just end with a visit to our clinic, but must be continued at home throughout the year. You should be brushing your pet’s teeth at home at least three times a week to help them maintain good oral health. Don’t know how? No problem! A member of our team would be happy to provide a demonstration for you.

If you love your pet and want to see them live a long, healthy life – and we know you do – don’t neglect their dental care! Let’s work together to help your four-legged friend enjoy a clean, healthy mouth for life!

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