Advanced Pet Dental Care Services in Vernon Hills
If your pet's teeth are in poor shape, this can affect their health in other ways, too. With a clean, healthy mouth, your pet will be healthier and happier overall! Believe it or not, brushing your pet's teeth can greatly improve their oral health and prevent gum disease.
Gum disease is extremely common in dogs and cats. In fact, the American Veterinary Dental College found that a majority of pets in the US will have some form of gum disease by three years old. Our veterinary team in Vernon Hills hopes to change this statistic one pet at a time with comprehensive pet dental care services. Furthermore, we want to help more owners take an active role in their pet's dental care using daily home care techniques.
Professional Dental Services We Offer
Our team can help you treat and prevent a variety of dental issues using the following services:
- Pre-anesthetic blood work to check blood values and organ function, and to ensure that anesthesia will be safe for your pet
- Digital dental X-rays for studying your pet's teeth and surrounding bones for evidence of disease or damage
- Periodontal exams which we conduct while your pet is sedated to examine each individual tooth and check the pockets around the teeth for underlying problems
- Complete dental cleanings for removing hardened calculus and bacteria, and polishing the surfaces of the teeth to prevent future plaque and tartar buildup
- Extractions to remove loose, decaying or fractured teeth
- Fluoride treatments and sealants to reduce bacteria buildup and prevent infection
How to Identify Gum Disease in Your Pet
Your pet is not able to tell you when they're feeling uncomfortable, and in fact may try to hide their symptoms. Nonetheless, gum disease may reveal itself if your pet shows any of the following signs:
- Drooling excessively
- Red, swollen and/or bleeding gums
- Teeth that are loose, broken or decaying/discolored
- Bad breath
- Some swelling around the face
- Dropping food from mouth
- Decreased activity
- Pawing or rubbing at mouth/face
Preventing Gum Disease Before It Starts
Home dental care should be included in your pet's dental care plan. Daily brushing is ideal for plaque removal and preventing bacteria buildup in the mouth. If brushing isn't possible for your pet, we can offer alternative options. We're here, so all you have to do is contact us at (847) 821-6189 to get started! Let's work together to protect your pet from gum disease woes and ensure they have a long, healthy future to look forward to!