Your pet's oral hygiene is extremely important. Poor dental health can result in pain, infection, and a variety of other problems. If your cat or dog requires pet dental assistance, contact West Boca Veterinary Center in Boca Raton to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian. Below is some information about pet dental care, including why it is important, what you can do at home, and what our vet will do to help.
What Happens When Oral Hygiene Is Ignored
If you do not take the time to care for your pet's teeth and gums, there is a chance of them suffering from a variety of ailments as a result. Tartar tends to buildup on the teeth of dogs or cats if brushing is not done routinely. If this happens, it can make its way beneath the gums. When this occurs, bone damage is a possibility. This can cause tooth loss in time, as well as pain and discomfort in the pet's mouth. Removing tartar as a regular part of pet care can help keep this from happening. Oral hygiene also includes inspecting the teeth for broken portions so that they can be repaired by our veterinarian if needed.
How to Care For Your Pet's Teeth At Home
Make it a priority to look into your pet's mouth each week to check for broken teeth, inflammation of the gums, or tooth loss. If any of these are noticed, contact our veterinarian to make an appointment for an evaluation. Brush your dog or cat's teeth with a pet toothbrush and meat-flavored toothpaste. These can be obtained from a pet supply store. If your pet does not like the procedure, attempt to brush just a few teeth at each session. In time, increase the number of teeth you clean. In time your pet will likely get used to the process.
What Our Veterinarian Can Do To Help
Our veterinarian provides pet dental cleaning and care during comprehensive examinations. During one of these appointments, your pet's teeth will be checked over in detail and any problems will be treated as necessary. If your pet requires that a tooth be pulled, or if they are suffering from pain because of a dental problem, make an appointment so our vet can handle the difficulty promptly. Treatment may include the prescribing of medication or a surgical procedure.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If your pet needs pet dental help, or if you would like tips on how to care for your pet's teeth at home, give West Boca Veterinary Center in Boca Raton a call to make an appointment for an evaluation. Contact our practice today by calling us at (561) 451-8838 for more information.