Dr. Gaddis at Indian Springs Animal Clinic is one of just over 150 board-certified veterinary dental specialists in the United States and the only board-certified veterinary dentist in the state of Alabama. The American Veterinary Dental College sets rigorous standards and criteria prior to certification and Dr. Gaddis is pleased to have completed this process to earn the title of Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College.
Proper oral hygiene is one of the foundations of the overall health of any pet, and the primary reason Dr. Gaddis invested the time and additional education required of a board-certified dental specialist.
When should I consider the oral health of my pet?
Oral hygiene should become a priority from the time your pet is a puppy or kitten. Studies show that by the age of three, 80% of untreated pets exhibit signs of periodontal disease. Good oral hygiene begins at home, and Dr. Gaddis and his knowledgeable staff can show you how to brush your furry family member’s teeth at home and recommend food that is beneficial for your pet’s teeth as well. Regular dental visits should begin as young as one year of age, as tartar and bacteria begin to accumulate in the mouth of your pet at this time.
How does periodontal disease begin in pets?
Periodontal disease originates as bacteria from food begins to settle and harden, and form what is known as plaque on a pet’s teeth. Without proper care, these plaque begin to harden and form tartar in your pet’s mouth. Left untreated or cleaned, these bacteria begin to irritate the gums and cause decay of the teeth. Your pet continues to swallow saliva containing these bacteria, and ultimately organ damage can occur. Heart disease, kidney failure and liver issues can be associated with periodontal disease in an animal.
Signs of oral or dental disease include the following:
- Bad breath
- Discolored teeth
- Broken teeth
- Pain associated with eating
- Bleeding of the mouth
- Excessive sneezing
These are not the only signs of dental disease in pets, however. The best way to battle dental disease is prevention. Yearly visits to a veterinarian, cleaning and polishing, and home dental care can all improve the quality of your pet’s oral and overall health.
Why Indian Springs Animal Clinic for your pet’s dental needs?
Indian Springs Animal Clinic is especially equipped to handle to periodontal needs of your pet. As mentioned above, Dr. Gaddis is the only board-certified veterinary dentist in the state of Alabama. Additionally, our clinic has the most advanced digital dental x-ray system available, allowing Dr. Gaddis to make accurate assessments and begin treatment right away. Our dental suite includes state-of-the-art cleaning and polishing equipment, and ready to provide excellent dental care for your pet.
Remember that prevention is almost always less expensive and more effective than treatment, and this is especially true when it comes to periodontal disease in pets. Good oral hygiene begins at home with proper nutrition and home care and is complimented with yearly veterinary visits and professional cleaning and polishing as needed. Dr. Gaddis and his team have had many years of successful prevention and treatment of dental disease in pets, and they will bring this experience and standard of care to your pet as well. Whether your pet is a puppy or kitten, or a senior who has never had a dental cleaning, schedule their appointment with Indian Springs Animal Clinic today.
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