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Why Dental Hygiene is Important For Pets

Why Dental Care is Important for Pets

Pets are members of your family and much like their human family, they can develop problems with their teeth. Some pets have malocclusions, which is imperfect positioning of the teeth when the jaws are closed, while these are adorable, they can also make pets more inclined to have issues with dental tartar which can lead to more serious issues such as gum disease. Pet dental care is vital to your pet's overall health. A visit to your veterinary professional for regularly scheduled exams can help to get any issues dealt with before they become serious. If you are looking for a veterinarian serving Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, Miami Dade Country, and South Florida areas, Coral Gables Animal Hospital has a caring team that can make sure that your pet gets the best possible care.

Pet Dental Care

Most adult pets have suffered, or are suffering from some sort of dental disease. What can you do to help your pet to avoid serious consequences? The first thing to do is to brush your pet's teeth every day. Most people would not consider going a day without brushing their own teeth but never brush their dog or cat's teeth. If this is something you just don't feel that you can easily do, or don’t have time for, you should schedule regular teeth cleaning with your veterinary professional.

Dental cleanings are done with ultrasonic scaling machines that help to get under the gumline and remove tartar and plaque from the tooth. After the ultrasonic cleaning is performed your pet’s teeth will be polished. For added protection a sealant can be placed on the subgingival gumline to protect from the formation of plaque on the teeth.

When your veterinarian performs a dental check-up, they will do an entire health assessment of your pet’s mouth looking closely at the tongue, lips, teeth, and gumline. As a result of the dental check-up, your veterinarian may find issues that can lead to extractions. This is done under sedation and is considered surgery. Your pet will need to spend most of the day at the animal hospital. When they come home they will be given pain medication and an antibiotic if necessary. This is the last resort and only done if necessary. It is better for you to brush your pet's teeth to help avoid them from getting to this point.

You may also try giving your pet treats that have been approved for plaque removal. You should always avoid giving your pet any treat that might actually chip or damage their teeth since this can lead to other dental issues.

The dental care of your pets is one of the most important things that you can do for your pet's health. For an appointment call our office. At Coral Gables Animal Hospital, we can help make sure your pet has the best possible dental care.

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