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Understanding Dental Radiographs for Cats and Dogs

Just like humans, our pets require diligent attention to their oral health. Neglecting oral health can lead to various health issues. Our veterinarians in North Providence discuss the importance of dental radiographs and other diagnostic tools in safeguarding the oral health of your furry friends.

Importance of Oral Health in Pets 

Pets, like humans, can suffer from various dental problems, such as periodontal disease, tooth decay, and oral tumors. If left untreated, these issues can worsen and cause pain, discomfort, and even systemic infections. Dental problems can also affect essential activities such as eating, grooming, and playing, significantly reducing the pet's quality of life. Therefore, pet owners should prioritize their pet's oral health to ensure their furry friends' well-being and happiness.

Significance of Dental Radiographs for cats and dogs

Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are important, but they might not be enough to ensure comprehensive oral care for your pet.

That's when dental radiographs come into play - these diagnostic tools allow veterinarians to look beyond the surface and uncover hidden dental issues that can't be seen with the naked eye.

Dental radiographs, also known as dental X-rays, provide valuable insights into your pet's oral health by revealing conditions like tooth root abscesses, fractures, and bone loss.

They help veterinarians detect problems early and create personalized treatment plans by providing a comprehensive view of the entire oral cavity.

How often should my dog's or cat's teeth be X-rayed?

Dogs need to have regular oral check-ups to ensure their dental health. If you notice missing, discolored, or broken teeth, swollen and inflamed gums, oral growths, or bad breath, your dog should receive an oral examination under anesthesia.

However, even if there are no apparent problems, dogs should have their mouths X-rayed at least once per year. Keep in mind that one human year equals 5-7 dog years, and it's common for people to have dental X-rays at least every other year.

Must my dog or cat be anesthetized for X-rays? 

Dogs have 42 teeth, while cats have 30 teeth that require X-ray examination. For accurate oral evaluation, treatment, and preventative procedures, pets must remain still during the process.

Without anesthesia, the X-ray sensor cannot be positioned accurately. After a thorough examination and necessary pre-anesthetic tests, your veterinarian can customize anesthesia to your pet's requirements and closely monitor them during the procedures.

It is widely accepted that anesthesia is safe.

Does a puppy or kitten need a teeth X-ray? 

Puppies and kittens can benefit from dental radiographs, also known as teeth X-rays, during their early stages of life. Dental issues can arise in young animals just as in adults, and early detection is crucial for effective treatment and prevention of further complications. It's important because vets can detect developmental abnormalities, assess dental plans, and provide appropriate dental care.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is it time for your dog or cat to get a dental exam? Please book an appointment with our vets in North Providence. 

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