The Importance of Dental X-Rays for Pets
If you’ve been following our page for the past few weeks, you likely already know that it’s National Pet Dental Health Month. We think this is an important time to stress the importance of oral health for our furry friends, and continue to educate pet owners on good habits to incorporate throughout the year that can help keep pets living happy, full lives for as long as possible.
Pet dental health is extremely important and goes WAY beyond avoiding stinky kisses from your dog or cat. Poor dental health can lead to serious health issues. Not only does dental disease lead to gingivitis, tooth decay and cause pain to your pet, but research has shown links to causing disease of the heart, liver, kidney and other parts of the body.
Cleanings, both professionally at your veterinarian’s office and at-home are very important, but we also recommend dental x-rays. Why? We’re glad you asked… Here are some of the benefits to conducting dental x-rays:
1.Dental x-rays allow us to see past the surface.
Below the gums is a network of teeth roots and bone surrounding those roots that also play a large role in dental health. While we are able to see and clean the surface of your pet’s mouth in a dental cleaning, an x-ray is truly the most accurate way for us to get a gauge on the overall health of your pet’s mouth, beyond the surface area.
2.They allow us to catch a handful of problems with teeth.
Dental health goes beyond the gum line, as do the issues associated with poor dental health. X-rays allow us to catch broken teeth that haven’t yet detached, which can be painful for pets, fractures and root abscess. When not identified and treated early, these below-the-surface issues can be uncomfortable, and usually more expensive when treated once they reach more progressive or emergency levels.
3.X-rays serve as benchmarks.
As pets age, so do their bones and their teeth. By conducting routine x-rays, we can help monitor the aging process and help to identify the correct course of action earlier than if we weren’t previously aware of issues.
4.They catch more than just issues with the teeth.
While we use dental x-rays to measure the deeper health of the teeth, these radiographs can help us determine the presence of any tumors in or around the mouth, the strength and condition of the jaw line as well as holes (or erosions) that may appear on the teeth surface, which is more prevalent in our feline friends, called Feline Resorptive Lesions.
Dental x-rays are quick, comprehensive procedures that can help ensure the comfort and overall health for your pets. During the month of February, we are offering $50 off dental cleaning PLUS an additional $50 off if you take advantage of our full mouth x-rays (valued at $126). Give us a call if you’d like to schedule an appointment or learn more about dental x-rays.