Mundelein Pet Dental Care

At Mundelein Animal Hospital, we are committed to our patients' dental health and implement the highest quality dental care. Take a look at our comprehensive approach to dental care including dental health assessment, treatment and prevention.

Veterinary dental surgery provided at the Mundelein Animal Hospital includes dental services for teeth cleaning and polishing, tooth extraction, and minor oral surgery. Pets can experience the same oral health problems that we do, such as plaque, tartar (or calculus), gum disease, and tooth loss. Periodontal disease (gum disease), however, is five times more likely to occur in pets than in people. Over 80% of pets over age 3 suffer from periodontal disease, which if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss and other illnesses.

Our Approach to Dental Disease

Imagine never brushing your teeth. How would your teeth look? How would your mouth feel? Studies show that 50% of all dogs and cats have some form of periodontal disease. That number jumps to 75% when you look at pets over age three. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause infection, pain and tooth loss over time. It can also lead to damage to the heart, liver and kidneys, causing serious health problems for your pet.

At Mundelein Animal Hospital, we are committed to our patients' dental health and implement the highest quality dental care. We take a comprehensive approach to dental care including a dental health assessment at every appointment, treatment of dental problems, and prevention of dental disease.

We have state of the art dental equipment including digital x-rays to help diagnose disease that is below the gum tissue and therefore not always visible to the eye. We recommend an annual dental healthcare examination for all pets–make an appointment or call us to find out more!

Dental X-Rays

Dental radiography is a painless and safe way to obtain images of your pet's mouth, teeth, and jaw bones. During a routine dental exam, your veterinarian may recommend digital dental x-rays to assess the health of your pet's teeth and gums. Digital dental x-rays can also expose bone tumors, tooth impactions and fractures, and painful lesions or erosions on the surface of your pet's teeth that may otherwise go unnoticed.

Other diseases and critical health issues digital dental x-rays can reveal:

  • Periodontal Disease
  • Broken and Discolored Teeth
  • Suborbital Swellings
  • Nasal Cavity Disease
  • Dentigerous Cysts
  • Cavities
  • Retained Teeth

According to the American Veterinary Dental College, the use of digital x-ray equipment significantly reduces your pet's exposure to increased levels of radiation by a third of the amount, making it safer for your pet as well as the staff involved. In addition to its increased health benefits, the use of digital x-ray equipment allows for the enlarging of the image, increasing and decreasing image contrast, and the ability to store, print, and email digital files, making it easier for our staff to share your pet's dental images with you or a referring specialist.

Although only taking a few minutes to complete, sedation or anesthetization is required during a dental radiograph to ensure your pet maintains the proper position for each x-ray. Speak with your veterinarian regarding other preventative care treatments your pet can undergo while sedated.

Digital dental radiography is an important tool in assessing the health of your pet's mouth. Early detection is the key to maintaining the overall health and well-being of your pet companion. Make digital dental radiography an important part of your pet's healthcare routine!

Oral Health Care & Disease Prevention

Your pet's dental health is an important part of their overall health. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease by the age of 3. It is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. Dental disease is an often unrecognized source of pain in pets.

Common signs of oral disease include:

  • Tartar buildup
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Changes in eating or chewing habits
  • Pawing at the face
  • Generalized depression.

Dental disease causes pain and can affect other organs in the body: bacteria in the mouth can get into the blood stream and may cause serious kidney infections, liver disease, lung disease, and heart valve disease. Oral disease can also indicate that another disease process is occurring elsewhere in a pet’s body. A thorough physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if this is the case.

The American Animal Hospital Association recommends regular oral examinations and dental cleanings, under general anesthesia, for all adult dogs and cats. A veterinarian should evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. This is recommended because bacteria and food debris accumulates around a pet’s teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay results in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss. We can recommend and demonstrate preventative measures you can begin at home. Our wellness program emphasizes and explains how you can avoid costly dental procedures with your pet in the future.

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