Dental Health Matters

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Dental Health Month is here!

Do you brush your pet’s teeth at home? If you answered never, you aren’t alone. Most pets develop the early stages of periodontal disease by three years of age, and keeping their pearly whites healthy is often an uphill battle for pet owners. This is why it’s important to provide at-home dental care and annual dental cleanings with the team at Alamogordo Animal Hospital.

We are proud that we have the most up to date equipment to treat dental disease, including digital dental x-rays. This allows us to detect any disease beneath the gum line that we would not be able to see otherwise. We can often see undetected abscesses, broken teeth, resorbed roots, retained roots, and more thanks to dental radiographs.

Poor oral hygiene can lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth loss, bone loss, oral pain, abscesses and infections, excessive drooling, and difficulty eating. Additionally, because bacteria in the mouth can be absorbed into the bloodstream, other organs, like the heart, kidneys, and liver, can suffer as a result of poor oral hygiene.

Periodontal disease progresses quickly and begins when bacteria combine with food particles to form plaque on the teeth. Soon, minerals in the saliva bond with the plaque to form tartar, a substance that strongly adheres to the teeth. When bacteria get under the gum line, inflammation occurs and leads to gingivitis, which destroys the tissues surrounding the teeth and causes eventual tooth loss.

How will I know if my pet needs a dental cleaning?

Exceptionally bad breath, brownish plaque at the base of the teeth, excessive drooling, sore or bleeding gums when eating or chewing, and decreased appetite can all be signs that a pet’s teeth require attention.

What can I expect during a dental cleaning?

Routine dental cleanings and a home dental care regime have the potential to add years of vigor to your pet’s life. A dental exam and cleaning are performed under general anesthesia for a safe and thorough procedure. Your pet’s teeth are cleaned of plaque and calculus, and the tooth enamel is polished, followed by a fluoride treatment to further protect the teeth and strengthen enamel.

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Location

519 E Canal St.
Alamogordo, NM 88310
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Hours

Mon - Fri: 8:00 am - 5 pm
Now open 12:00 – 1:30 pm for phone calls, medication, and food pickup.
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed