Pet Dental FAQs

Our Pet Dental Vet Team Is Answering Your Questions about Animal Dentistry

The pet dental team at our animal hospital in Knoxville is happy to educate pet parents about the importance of good oral health for their animals. 

a dog holding a toothbrush with its teeth

How many teeth should my adult dog or cat have? 

Adult dogs have around 42 teeth while adult cats have around 30. If baby teeth don't fall out, problems can occur including poor jaw alignment, pain, and chewing difficulties.

How does my pet's dental health impact its overall health?

Animals with clean healthy teeth and gums tend to live longer. Plus, dental health problems are often painful and can cause an animal to be reluctant to eat, leading to concerns about malnutrition. 

What problems can develop with my pet's dental health?

When you visit our clinic for pet dental in Knoxville, our team will screen your pet for the following dental health problems:

  • Tartar and plaque build-up
  • Tooth fracture or infection
  • Periodontal disease (gum disease)
  • Jaw misalignments and fractures
  • Oral cysts and lumps

What are signs of a pet dental health problem? 

Dental health problems can develop in our pets long before we notice signs, which is why regularly scheduled pet dental examinations are so critical for prevention and early detection and treatment. That said, look out for:

  • Bleeding and receding gums
  • Missing, extra, loose, fractured, infected, or discolored teeth 
  • Foul breath
  • Excessive drooling 
  • Frequent pawing at the mouth
  • Chewing on one side of the mouth, dropping food, reluctance to eat food, whining while eating

How can one of our veterinarians at Bluegrass treat and prevent pet dental disease?

When you consult with a vet in Knoxville at our animal clinic, we'll provide a thorough pet dental examination with your pet under anesthesia for its own comfort and protection. We'll inspect the animal's entire mouth, clean and polish its teeth, and make any recommendations to you based on what we see (e.g., tooth extractions, tooth brushing, etc.). 

What can I do to protect my pet's dental health? 

Give your pet access to clean fresh water always. Feed her a nutritious diet that's free of sugar and other ingredients bacteria love. And learn how to brush her teeth! Our Knoxville veterinarian team can teach you how.

Looking for a Veterinarian in Knoxville To Keep Your Pet's Teeth Healthier?

Your pet uses its mouth to eat and explore its world, so help keep its teeth and gums healthy with quality pet dental care services! To schedule an appointment with our veterinarian in Knoxville TN or ask questions about the services we offer, contact Blue Grass Animal Hospital today at 865-694-8387.

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