Pet Dental Care at Coral Gables Animal Hospital
Dental diseases and injuries can cause many problems for your furry friend, from agonizing pain and compromised chewing ability to life-threatening situations. That's why you need to be mindful of your pet's dental well-being and schedule the regular care they need. Here at Coral Gables Animal Hospital, we make a point of providing pet dental care alongside our many other veterinary health and wellness services.
Why Your Pet's Teeth Need a Skilled Veterinarian
Any veterinarian can tell you that pets are vulnerable to many of the same ailments as humans, including dental problems. Some of these problems, such as a broken tooth, may appear glaringly obvious, while others can lurk hidden deep under the gum line. Tooth damage can make chewing so painful that your pet stops eating or fails to digest food properly. It also allows dangerous bacteria to inhabit the inside of the tooth, and possibly even travel from there to the heart or other organs.
The most common pet dental problem, one afflicting most animals beyond a certain age, is periodontal disease. This disease is an inflammation of the gum tissues surrounding the teeth, and is the result of immune reactions to the bacteria that feed on the tartar present on teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can lead to abscesses, systemic bacterial infections, and tooth loss.
Checkups, Cleanings, and Treatment for Coral Gables Animals
You can minimize the impact of these kinds of dental issues on your pet by bringing them to our office for regular evaluations. We generally recommend one pet dental exam per year for most adult animals, although senior pets and some small breeds may need more frequent checkups. Our team can check the exterior surfaces of your pet's teeth for signs of damage or disease. We also look for oral cancer. If your pet needs dental or oral treatment, we will recommend the proper course of action to put them on the road to better dental health. We also perform a deep cleaning of the teeth to get rid of any tartar that might promote periodontal disease.
Schedule a Pet Dental Appointment Today
Make sure your pet's mouth remains as healthy as the rest of them. Call Coral Gables Animal Hospital at (305) 667-5821 to schedule their next dental exam, cleaning, or treatment!