Pet Dental Care is About More Than Just a Smile
Dental care is as important for your pet as it is for you! You take care of your teeth every day with brushing, rinsing, and flossing, so why wouldn’t your pet need some level of care as well? Pet dental disease is the most prevalent condition in cats and dogs, with more than half of them developing some stage of disease by 3 years old. Yet, this disease can be completely prevented with consistent teeth cleaning. At our Boca Raton animal hospital, we champion preventive pet dental care with regular professional cleanings and consistent at-home care.
Why Pet Dental Care is Important
Dental disease affects more than just your pet’s mouth. Tartar contains a lot of bacteria that not only erode the gums and cause gingivitis but also wear on the bones, too. Once bone loss begins, the disease becomes harder to reverse. If there is still no treatment at this point, the bacteria in the mouth can actually enter the bloodstream and affect vital organs, causing kidney disease, liver disease, and even heart disease.
Our Dental Procedures
Did you know that two-thirds of each of your pet’s teeth lie below the gumline? That’s why professional dental cleanings are needed—with your pet under anesthesia, we can clean and examine your pet's whole mouth. While anesthesia does inherently come with some risk, we take every measure to minimize that risk with the same extensive safety protocols we use with surgeries, including pre-anesthetic blood work, and an exam to make sure your pet is healthy, as well as complete monitoring throughout the procedure.
When your pet comes in for a dental procedure, we will perform the following tasks:
- A thorough oral exam to assess their dental health
- Scaling each tooth and removing tartar above and below the gumline
- Polishing each tooth and smoothing its surface to prevent future tartar buildup
- Extracting broken or damaged teeth
We recommend that your pet receive professional dental cleanings annually to maintain an optimal level of oral health.
What You Can Do Now
Establish a consistent at-home care plan. Brushing your pet’s teeth daily (or even a few times a week) is the best method for preventing tartar buildup. However, we know it can be tough to brush your pet’s teeth regularly, so that’s why we recommend dental chews, oral gels, and prescription diets to help maintain your pet's dental health. With consistent at-home care and regular dental cleanings with us, you can prevent dental disease altogether! Ask us today about pet dental care, and schedule your appointment!
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- Julie G.
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