Dental Care for Your Pet
Bad breath and swollen gums could be signs of gingivitis or even gum disease, one of the most common conditions affecting pets. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, many cats and dogs can develop this condition when they are as young as two years old. Fortunately, gum disease can be prevented with daily at-home care and routine cleanings. Our veterinary professionals here in Ocala follow AAHA dentistry guidelines, and use the most up-to-date dental instruments and techniques to keep your pet's teeth clean and healthy.
Pet Dental Care Services
All of our dental services are designed with your pet’s health, safety, and comfort in mind. We can utilize the following services to clean their teeth and prevent plaque and tartar buildup:
- Oral evaluations
- Dental X-rays
- Hand scaling and ultrasonic scaling (removal of tough plaque and calculus above and below the gum line)
- Teeth polishing
- Fluoride treatments
- Minor oral surgeries including tumor removals and biopsies
We also carry products to supplement your pet’s at-home dental routine, including oral wipes and OraVet chews for dogs.
Why Gum Disease Prevention is Important
Gum disease does not only cause bad breath in pets; it can result in tooth and bone loss, infection, severe pain, and, in a worst-case scenario, heart, lung or kidney disease. Gingivitis, which is indicated by inflamed gums, could be the early sign of a more severe problem.
Signs of gingivitis or gum disease may include excessive drooling, red, swollen gums, inability to chew or hold onto food, and discolored teeth.
Managing Your Pet’s Dental Care at Home
Complying with your veterinarian’s recommendations is the best way to preserve your pet’s oral health. However, we understand that not all pets will tolerate having their teeth brushed. We provide all of our patients with personalized dental care plans to anticipate and accommodate their preferences. If you brush your pet’s teeth, make sure that you are using a brush with soft bristles and toothpaste made specifically for pets. You should brush their teeth twice daily for best results. Additionally, you may want to start your pet on a dental diet and opt for dental treats and chews.
Call our hospital at 352-867-5553 to schedule a dental evaluation or learn more about our dental products and services.