Preventative medicine is one of the keys to keeping your pet healthy, and pet dentistry in Oak Brook is one of the ways we make sure your pet lives a long and healthy life. At Oak Brook Pet Hospital we will check your pet's oral hygiene at every pet wellness exam. Just like in humans, problems with a pet's mouth can affect the rest of its body, possibly causing infections throughout its system. The earlier our veterinarian in Oak Brook finds a dental problem with your pet, the sooner and easier it can be treated.
During a pet wellness examination, our Oak Brook veterinarian will check your pet's teeth, gums, tongue and mouth. Some of the most common problems he'll be searching for are:
The most common problem we find with almost all pets is a growing coating of plaque on the teeth. If it's not removed, plaque eventually hardens into unsightly tartar. This hard coating offers multiple crevices where bacteria will grow, and these germs can easily spread to other parts of your dog's or cat's body. In the worst cases, we've seen heart, kidney and liver problems directly affected by poor oral hygiene.
Another problem with oral infection is that it can work deep into the gum line, infecting the jawbone and the tissue that connects teeth to the jaw. This can cause tooth loss and, in the worst cases, loss of bone in the jaw.
When our veterinarian finds a case of tartar, he'll suggest you schedule a dental cleaning appointment for your pet. This will begin with anesthesia to keep your pet calm and safe. This is a completely safe procedure; in fact, the American Veterinary Dental College does not recommend anesthesia-free pet dentistry, because it doesn't allow cleaning or inspection below the gumline, where the worst of the infections will occur. Once your pet is safely asleep, our veterinarian will x-ray, examine and thoroughly clean your pet's teeth, just like you experience in the dentist's office.
Once your pet's teeth are clean, it's a great idea for you to keep them that way with regular brushing. If you've never brushed your dog's or cat's teeth before, it's going to be a learning process for both of you. Talk with our team and we'll be happy to show you the steps to take for keeping your pet's mouth cleaner between office visits.
If your dog or cat hasn't had their teeth and gums checked in at least a year, it's important that you bring them in for an examination soon. Call our office at 630-974-6987 and we'll set up an appointment for your furry family member.