Your pet's mouth should be checked at least once a year for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet's mouth healthy. Common causes of pet dental problems can be broken teeth or roots; periodontal disease; infected teeth; tumors in the mouth; misalignment of the teeth, or fractured jaws. This evaluation process starts with an oral exam of your pet's mouth, and a radiograph may be required to evaluate the health of the jaw and tooth roots below the gum line. Because most dental disease occurs below the gum line, a thorough dental cleaning and evaluation are performed under anesthesia. Anesthesia makes it possible to perform the scaling (removal of dental plaque and tartar), polishing, and extractions, when necessary, with less stress and pain for your pet; it also allows for a better cleaning because your pet is not moving around and risking injury from the dental equipment.
- Oral tumors