Why Veterinary Dental Care?

Dr. Gaddis of Animal Dental Specialists in Pelham, Alabama believes that proper oral hygiene is one of the foundations of the overall health of any pet. This belief is the primary reason why he invested his time and energy to become a Board-Certified dental specialist with the American Veterinary Dental College.

When should I consider the oral health of my pet?

Oral hygiene should become a priority from the time your pet is a puppy or kitten. Studies show that by the age of three, 80% of untreated pets exhibit signs of periodontal disease. Good oral hygiene begins at home, and Dr. Gaddis and his knowledgeable staff can show you how to brush your furry family member’s teeth at home and recommend food that is beneficial for your pet’s teeth as well. Regular dental visits should begin as young as one year of age, as tartar and bacteria begin to accumulate in the mouth of your pet at this time.

Pre-Cleaning

Post-Cleaning

How does periodontal disease begin in pets?

Periodontal disease originates as bacteria from food begins to settle and harden, and form what is known as plaque on a pet’s teeth. Without proper care, these plaque begin to harden and form tartar in your pet’s mouth. Left untreated, these bacteria begin to irritate the gums, cause decay of the teeth, and eventually lead to periodontal disease. Once periodontal disease is established, the constant exposure to these bacteria can ultimately cause organ damage such as heart disease, kidney failure and liver issues.

Signs of oral or dental disease include the following:

  • Bad breath
  • Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
  • Pawing at the face or mouth
  • Swelling of the face
  • Gum recession and/or gum swelling
  • Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  • Broken teeth or loose teeth
  • Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
  • Pain in or around the mouth
  • Bleeding of the mouth
  • Excessive sneezing

These are not the only signs of dental disease in pets, however. The best way to battle dental disease is prevention. Yearly visits to a veterinarian, cleaning and polishing, and home dental care can all improve the quality of your pet’s oral and overall health.

Why Animal Dental Specialists for your pet’s dental needs?

Animal Dental Specialists was established to provide expert animal dental services and support to veterinarians and pet owners in the Greater Birmingham area, Huntsville, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and even western Georgia. Our clinic is designed to handle the periodontal needs of pets, especially those that are more challenging and require a specialist’s expertise.

Although the name of the clinic is new, Dr. Gaddis has been in this same location providing comprehensive veterinary services since 1984. He has had a special interest in animal dentistry since the late 1980’s, and has been helping area veterinarians through his dental referral service since 1991. Dr. Gaddis and his team have had many years of successful prevention and treatment of dental disease in pets. As mentioned previously, Dr. Gaddis is one of about 200 Board Certified animal dentists in the United States, and he is the only one in the state of Alabama.