Veterinary Dentistry in Lake Oswego
Protecting Your Pet’s Oral Health
Pets are vulnerable to harmful infections in their mouth and can suffer from a form of dental disease as early as the age of two. In fact, the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) notes that gum disease is one of the most common clinical conditions occurring in dogs and cats. The good news is, these issues are entirely preventable and can be avoided with the right care and preventative action. Get in touch with our knowledgeable staff to book a dental check-up so we can examine your pet’s mouth and provide treatment if needed.
Call our office today at (503) 461-4041 to schedule a pet dentistry appointment with our team in Lake Oswego!
How Does Dental Disease Develop in Pets?
By three years of age, most dogs and cats have some evidence of disease. Unfortunately, professional dental cleaning and periodontal therapy often come too late to prevent extensive infection or to save teeth. As a result, these diseases are usually under-treated and may cause multiple problems in the oral cavity and damage to internal organs of your pet.
Common signs of dental disease in dogs and cats may include:
- Bad breath
- Drooling or dropping food when eating
- Loss of appetite
- Tartar on teeth
- Missing, loose and/or discolored teeth
- Poor grooming habits (cats)
Treating and Preventing Dental Issues
Dentistry has come a long way in the veterinary field in recent years. With advancements in modern technology, we can utilize intraoral x-rays to help us determine the condition of your pet’s teeth and their surrounding structural system. We believe the highest quality of dentistry simply can’t be performed without this important tool.
Some of the common findings our intraoral x-ray can detect include:
- Fractured teeth
- Bone loss of varying degrees
- Tooth root abscesses
- Pulp irregularities
- Un-erupted teeth
- Abnormally positioned teeth
Early intervention is the key to avoiding tooth loss and the potential changes to your pet’s health that extend far beyond the oral cavity. Having an annual dental check-up can prevent the pain and discomfort it may be causing them. We recommend bringing in your pet if you notice any of the common warning signs and we’ll assess, clean, and provide needed treatment.
Tooth Resorption (formerly known as caries, cavities, neck lesions, and Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions, or FORLs) affects 20-60% of all cats and close to 75% of all cats over the age of 5. In fact, we're even starting to see dogs with evidence of tooth resorption during diagnostics testing. The condition is painful, destructive and is extremely difficult to identify visually and impossible to completely assess without the use of intraoral x-rays.
Utilizing our intraoral x-rays, resorptive lesions are generally seen along the gum line with associated inflammation. These lesions can progress to large holes in the teeth and severely damage the tooth. Like most other dental treatments however, the treatment of tooth resorption can result in almost immediate relief to the your pet.
Pets with tooth resorption may show signs of increased salivation, oral bleeding, or difficulty eating. There may also be cracked or chipped teeth due to a loss of structure of the crown.
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