Pet Dentistry in Birmingham, AL

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Dental Health

Keeping your pet’s mouth healthy is the single most important wellness procedure to add quality years to your pet’s life. Dental health is a very important part of a pet’s overall wellbeing as dental problems can be either the cause or result of other health issues. We provide quality veterinary dentistry covering a wide variety of oral health care procedures.  A traditional dental cleaning includes scaling to remove dental plaque and tartar, and tooth polishing. Double Oak Mountain Animal Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology to provide your pet with a safe dental procedure.

Signs and Symptoms

Some signs that it’s time for a dental checkup for your pet include:

  • Bad breath
  • Broken or loose teeth
  • Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
  • Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  • Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
  • Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
  • Pain in or around the mouth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth
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Regular Dental Cleanings

To ensure optimal dental health, your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year by a veterinarian to monitor for early signs of any disease or condition.  If needed, schedule regular dental cleanings more often as recommended by a veterinarian. Regular at-home toothbrushing with an enzymatic toothpaste can also help to keep your pet’s mouth healthy and smelling fresh.  Giving your pet special dental hygiene chews that control tartar and plaque is another easy way to promote good dental health.

Pets with dental problems may experience mood changes, becoming more irritable or depressed. We advise careful handling and a trip to see the vet if you notice your pet seems apprehensive to eat or chew, or if their mouth seems tender. Give us a call at (205) 991-5446 if you have concerns about your pet’s dental health or hygiene!