Periodontal Disease Prevention and Dental Care For Dogs and Cats

Trust us to handle your pet’s dental care at Best Friends Veterinary Hospital. We offer annual exams as well as digital dental X-rays to check for oral cancer, tooth damage, infections and periodontal disease triggered by bacteria. Best Friends also provides teeth cleaning to remove the tartar which feeds bacteria.

One of the greatest things about being a pet owner is playing with and loving on your pet, and having them love you in return! Clean teeth means fresh breath and better snuggles. When your pet has bad breath, it can actually be an indicator of dental disease. Periodontal disease, in which the gums and bone that hold the teeth are destroyed by oral bacteria, is one of the most common medical diseases for cats and dogs.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, “It’s estimated that by the age of two, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some form of periodontal disease.” The AVMA recommends that pet owners brush their pets’ teeth every day, or at least several times a week.

When you take care of your pet’s teeth, you improve their quality of life as well. In addition to brushing your pet’s teeth every day, scheduling your pet to have a dental cleaning once a year is one of the most important things you can do to help maintain your pet’s good health.

Care For Your Pet's Dental Health

There are ways you can help to care for your dog or cat’s dental health.

Periodontal disease and oral bacteria can easily spread to other organ systems, including the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs and brain. Make sure to keep up on dental exams for your pet to have a safe and healthy smile.

Digital Radiology at Best Friends Veterinary Hospital

We specialize in digital radiology, the most advanced form of x-ray technology. Digital radiology for pets has many advantages over the traditional method.

The images taken on a digital system are superior to traditional images, resulting in a quicker diagnosis and more immediate treatment for your pet. Radiographs can show bone fractures and internal injuries, locate foreign objects and determine organ size. Not only can the digital image be altered to show greater detail, fewer retakes are needed, meaning less exposure to harmful radiation. A digital system also does not require the chemicals needed to process the radiographs. Finally, if a board-certified radiologist is needed to review the images, they can be emailed to a remote specialist for immediate analysis.

To schedule an appointment for your pet’s dental care or a digital X-ray,

please call us at Best Friends Veterinary Hospital at
Crossville Office: 931-459-2006
Cookeville Office: 931-881-2037