One of the best ways to maintain your pet’s overall health is to provide consistent dental hygiene. Healthy teeth and gums can keep your pet from developing dental disease that can progress and lead to serious complications if left untreated. C4 Veterinary Hospital provides dental exams, cleaning, and polishing, as well as extractions of teeth with advanced periodontal disease or fractures.
Our approach to pet dental care starts with regular dental cleanings and exams when your pets are young to prevent the formation of dental disorders. During our examination, we look for signs of disease such as fractured teeth, worn areas of enamel due to chewing, retained deciduous ('baby') teeth, plaque, tartar, inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), abnormal growths or masses of the gums or mouth, tooth discoloration, infected teeth, and more. We will then determine if further treatment is necessary.
We recommend regular dental checkups and cleanings at least every 1 to 2 years in most cases. Some pets, however, require more frequent cleanings. Brushing your pet’s teeth in between cleanings and supplying them with oral hygiene chews are additional preventive measures.
If you ever notice the following signs of dental disease, please call and schedule an appointment so that we may evaluate the condition as soon as possible.
- Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- Bad breath
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Broken or loose teeth
- Gum recession and/or gum swelling
- Pain in or around the mouth
- Pawing at the face or mouth
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Swelling of the face
- Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Weight loss
C4 Veterinary Hospital provides dental health care services and screenings to pet owners in Longview, Gilmer, Pinetree, White Oak, Kilgore, and beyond.