Pet Dental FAQs

Why Is Pet Dental Care Important?

Pets use their teeth for almost everything.  Not only are teeth necessary to help eat and vocalize, but a pet relies on his or her teeth as a set of hands, helping him or her carry and move objects.  Healthy teeth and gums are important for overall health and wellbeing.  Many dangerous diseases first show signs beginning in the mouth.  Both heart and kidney disease often manifest as dental concerns first.  Regular dental exams and cleanings can help detect dangerous disease before it becomes a larger problem.


What Can a Dental Cleaning Help With?

A veterinarian is able to help with several dental concerns during a pet dental cleaning.  First, a vet is able to clean in and around the teeth and gums.  This can help remove built up tarter and plaque.  If left to sit on the teeth, tarter and plaque can lead to periodontal disease, such as gingivitis.  Further, a pet dental cleaning can help take care of any diseased or damaged teeth.  If a tooth is decaying or broken, not only can it cause immediate pain and discomfort, but it can quickly spread to otherwise healthy teeth in the mouth, further spreading the disease.  Any open wounds or abscesses can also be addressed during a pet dental cleaning.  If a pet is left with open wounds in the mouth, dangerous bacteria can enter the pet's body and blood stream, leading to further health concerns.

What Should I Expect During a Dental Cleaning?

During a cleaning, your veterinarian will have to put your pet under anesthesia.  This is to protect both your pet and the vet.  The veterinarian will then work through your pet's mouth, cleaning and checking the animal's teeth and gums.  If a problem is detected with a tooth, the veterinarian will either repair or remove the tooth, if necessary.  Following the pet dental cleaning, your vet will give you follow-up care instructions.  Usually, this will include an antibiotic medication to help protect against possible infection.  Your veterinarian may also make suggestions about how to keep your pet's teeth clean in between professional cleanings.  There are several additives that can be added to your pets' water, or textured chews that can help clean their teeth and gums.

At West Boca Veterinary Center, we are your trusted experts in pet dental care.  Located in Boca Raton, we understand how important it is to keep your pet's teeth and gums clean and healthy.  Our team is caring, passionate, and knowledgeable.  If you have questions about pet dental care, or want to make an appointment for your pet contact us today at (561) 451-8838.  We are always accepting new patients.

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