Pets need quality dental care, just like people. Annual dental exams and cleanings can reduce your pet’s risk of tooth infection, tooth pain, bad breath, bleeding gums, and periodontal disease. At Coral Gables Animal Hospital, we offer comprehensive pet dental care services to improve your pet’s oral health. These FAQs from your veterinarian serving Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, Miami Dade County, and South Florida areas give greater insight into the importance of caring for your pet’s teeth.
Why is dental care so important for my pet?
Dental problems can pose a risk to your pet’s oral health and overall health by developing into serious health issues. Tooth infection and periodontal disease can weaken your pet’s gums and teeth, leading to premature tooth loss and affecting his ability to eat. Bacteria from periodontal disease can enter your pet’s bloodstream and cause damage to internal organs. Your pet could suffer from malnutrition, weakening his health and making him more prone to disease.
What are some symptoms of dental issues in my pet?
Some signs to look out for to indicate your pet may be suffering from dental problems are bleeding gums, loose teeth, excessive drooling, bad breath, and loss of appetite. Your pet may have trouble chewing due to sore gums or tooth pain. Your pet may also constantly rub his face or mouth to show something’s wrong with his teeth.
What does pet dental care entail?
Your Coral Gables, FL vet will examine your pet’s teeth and gums for signs of dental issues or gum disease. Dog teeth cleaning involves scaling your pet’s teeth to remove plaque and tartar, especially under the gum line. We’ll then polish his teeth to leave them smooth and shiny. Annual dental exams and cleanings will suffice for most pets to maintain good oral health. However, senior pets and dogs with dental issues may need bi-annual cleaning to prevent tooth loss.
Is anesthesia really necessary for dog teeth cleaning?
Anesthesia keeps your pet calm and free of pain, so we can provide a thorough cleaning, especially under the gum line where bacteria breeds. Sedating your pet also makes it easier to conduct a comprehensive examination of his teeth without him fidgeting.
See Our Coral Gables, FL, Veterinarians for Pet Dental Care
Routine pet dental care is key to your pet having strong, healthy teeth. To schedule a dental exam or cleaning at Coral Gables Animal Hospital, contact your veterinarian serving Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, Miami Dade County, and South Florida areas by calling (305) 667-5821 today.