If your pet has bad breath and tartar, it should definitely be addressed. But what can be worse is what you don’t see or smell in your furry friend’s mouth.
Roseway Veterinary Hospital offers and will now be recommending annual full-mouth dental radiographs (x-rays), which are key to making sure your pet maintains a healthy mouth. Most of the time, pets getting a dental cleaning have more significant problems below the gum line, which can’t be seen with the naked eye. They include:
- Broken or absorbed roots
- Abscesses and infections
- Impacted, un-erupted teeth
- Bone or soft-tissue tumors
- Bone loss due to periodontal disease
Dental radiographs are done while your pet is under anesthesia for a dental cleaning. Although it’s a quick, painless procedure, it does require films to be placed at specific angles in the mouth while both open and closed, something pets aren’t able to understand and tolerate.
In addition to identifying current dental problems, these full-mouth dental x-rays also help our vets determine possible future issues so preventative action can be taken.
If it’s been over a year since your pet has had a dental exam or cleaning, make an appointment today by giving us a call at 503-446-2450.