Pet Dental Care in Ocean Springs
Dental health is one of the most important components of a pet’s overall health, but did you know that it’s actually one of the most neglected? What’s worse is that neglected dental health can potentially lead to gingivitis or even gum disease, which can affect the liver, heart, and kidneys. To keep your pet’s mouth healthy, Bienville Animal Medical Center offers dental prophies (teeth cleanings) as well as other dental services, including extractions, dental abscess procedures, and oral cancer treatments.
How to Prevent Pet Dental Disease
The best way to prevent dental problems for your pet is by bringing your pet in at least once a year for a wellness exam. During these exams, we examine the mouth to determine if a separate appointment is necessary for an advanced dental exam and dental cleaning, or other procedure. We also recommend that you maintain your pet’s mouth from home by brushing their teeth and using products approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council. We’ll be happy to give you some additional at-home tips and recommendations during your pet’s dental appointment.
Common Signs of Dental Disease
Some of the signs of gum disease in pets are very similar to those in humans. If you’re unsure what signs to look for, we’ve listed some of the most common ones below:
- Bad breath
- Tartar buildup (brown or yellow)
- Pawing at the mouth
- Dropping food
- Swollen gums
- Excessive drooling
- Loose teeth
Advanced Dental Care with Dr. Andrew Duke
For more extensive procedures, Dr. Andrew Duke lends his expertise as a regional authority on animal dentistry. Dr. Andrew Duke is a 1975 graduate of the Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine. He is the senior clinician and owner of the Duke Animal Clinic in Mobile, Alabama. Early in his practice career, Dr. Duke developed an interest in animal dentistry and sought opportunities to further his knowledge of this area of veterinary medicine. In 1989 the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry credentialed him. Dr. Duke sees referral dental patients every other Thursday at Bienville Animal Medical Center.
Some of the advanced pet dental services Dr. Duke provides are:
- Root canal therapy for broken teeth
- Crowns to rehabilitate restored teeth
- Orthodontics for young dogs with injuries that keep them from closing their mouth
- Surgical removal of infected or diseased teeth and management of oral cancer
If you have questions about our dental services at Bienville Animal Medical Center, or you think your pet is need of dental care, give us a call at (228) 872-1231.