When was the last time you brushed your pet's teeth? If you did not say this morning or yesterday, your pet is at a greater risk of oral health issues. While cavities are uncommon in pets, gum disease is not. The best course of action to prevent oral health issues in your pet is through preventative home care. Our veterinarians at South Federal Animal Hospital in Fort Lauderdale are here to help keep your pet's smile healthy. Here are some of the questions that we run into regarding pet dental care.
How Often Should You Brush Your Pet's Teeth?
The American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) recommends that you brush your pet's teeth once a day. We understand that trying to fit this into a busy schedule is not always possible. Therefore, you should aim to brush your pet's teeth at least a few times each week.
How Often Should You Bring Your Pet for Dental Care?
Your pet's teeth will be examined during their yearly pet exam. The only other time you need to bring your pet in for dental care is if there is a problem.
What Happens at a Routine Exam?
During a routine dental exam, our veterinarians will evaluate your pet's mouth and check for visible signs of disease such as bad breath, inflamed gums, fractured or loose teeth. We pay special attention to your pet's gum health, as this is often an indicator of an infection under the gum line (periodontal disease). Part of the care for your pet will consist of answering your questions and providing dental care advice.
What Are the Most Common Pet Dental Problems?
Although pets can get cavities, it is not common. The most common problem is gum disease. With this condition, bacteria in the mouth adhere to the tartar on the tooth and cause the gum tissue to become inflamed. This inflammation leads to destruction of the soft tissues that support the tooth (gingivitis) and causes the teeth to become loose and eventually destroys the bone (periodontal disease). It can affect your pet's jawbone and eventually lead to tooth loss.
What Treatments Are Available for Pet Dental Care?
If we feel that a dental is needed, we will schedule your pet to undergo a comprehensive oral health assessment and dental treatment (COHAT) under anesthesia. The teeth will be cleaned and polished, and dental radiographs will be performed to determine if periodontal disease is present under the gumline. In cases where the infection has caused damage to the gum tissue and surrounding bone, the infected tooth may need to be extracted.
Contact Us for Pet Dental Care in Fort Lauderdale, FL
We provide a range of preventative veterinary services to keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy. Our veterinarians at South Federal Animal Hospital are here to help your furry friend keep a healthy smile for years to come. Call our team today at (954) 523-8527 or reach us through our website.