Calusa Veterinary Center

Pet Dental Services in Boca Raton, FL

One aspect of our pet’s health that often gets overlooked is their dental health. Pets can develop dental problems that can lead to serious health issues if left untreated. That's why it's important to understand the importance of pet dental services and the signs of dental disease in pets, and our Boca Raton animal hospital team is here to help!

The Importance Of Pet Dental Services

Many pet owners may not realize the importance of veterinary dental care. Pets can develop plaque and tartar buildup on their teeth, which can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. These dental issues can cause pain and discomfort for your pet, making it difficult for them to eat and enjoy their favorite activities. In severe cases, dental disease can even lead to infections that can spread to other parts of the body, causing serious health problems.

Regular dental cleanings and check-ups by a professional pet dentist can help prevent these issues and keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy. During a dental cleaning, your pet's teeth will be thoroughly examined and cleaned, removing any plaque and tartar buildup. This can help prevent dental disease and keep your pet's mouth healthy and pain-free.

Signs Of Dental Disease In Pets

It's important to keep an eye out for any signs of dental issues in your pet. Some common signs include:

  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty eating or chewing
  • Drooling excessively
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Pawing at the mouth or face
  • Changes in behavior or mood

If you notice any of these signs, it's important to schedule a dental check-up for your pet as soon as possible.

Pet Dentistry Services

A pet dental procedure, also known as dental cleaning or prophylaxis, is a routine veterinary procedure that involves cleaning your pet's teeth and examining their oral health. It is typically performed under general anesthesia to ensure the safety and comfort of your pet.

Pre-Procedure Preparation

Before the procedure, our veterinarian will perform a physical exam and may recommend blood work to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia.

The Procedure

During the procedure, your pet will be under general anesthesia, which means they will be unconscious and unable to feel any pain. This is important because it allows our team to thoroughly clean your pet's teeth and perform any necessary procedures without causing them discomfort.

The procedure typically involves the following steps:

  1. Scaling: Our team will use special tools to remove plaque and tartar from your pet's teeth, both above and below the gum line.
  2. Polishing: After scaling, the teeth will be polished to smooth out any rough areas and prevent plaque from building up again.
  3. Fluoride Treatment: A fluoride treatment may be applied to your pet's teeth to strengthen the enamel and prevent tooth decay.
  4. Examination: The veterinarian will examine your pet's teeth, gums, and mouth for any signs of dental issues or other health problems.
  5. Extractions: If your pet has any severely damaged or infected teeth, they may need to be extracted to prevent further pain and infection.
  6. Post-Procedure Care: Your pet will be monitored as they wake up from anesthesia, and you will be given instructions for post-procedure care, such as pain management and feeding.

Post-Procedure Care

After the procedure, it's important to follow our instructions for post-procedure care to ensure your pet's full recovery. This may include:

  • Pain management: Your pet may be prescribed pain medication to help with any discomfort after the procedure.
  • Soft food diet: Your pet may need to eat soft food for a few days after the procedure to allow their mouth to heal.
  • Limited activity: Your pet may need to rest and avoid strenuous activity for a few days after the procedure to prevent any complications.
  • Follow-up appointments: We may schedule a follow-up appointment to check on your pet's healing and ensure that there are no further issues.

How Often Does My Pet Need a Dental Procedure?

The frequency of dental procedures for pets can vary depending on their age, breed, and overall oral health. In general, it is recommended to have a dental cleaning every 6-12 months for most pets. However, some pets may need more frequent cleanings if they are prone to dental issues.

It's important to discuss your pet's dental health with your veterinarian and follow their recommendations for the best care for your pet.

What Are Veterinary Digital Dental Radiographs?

Veterinary digital dental radiographs, also known as digital dental x-rays, are a form of imaging that allows veterinarians to see detailed images of a pet's teeth, roots, and surrounding structures. This technology uses digital sensors instead of traditional film, allowing for faster and more accurate results. The images can be viewed on a computer screen, making it easier for veterinarians to analyze and diagnose any dental issues.

Why is it Used?

There are several reasons why veterinary digital dental radiographs are used in animal dentistry. Firstly, it allows for a more thorough examination of a pet's teeth. Traditional visual exams can only reveal so much, and many dental issues can go undetected without the use of radiographs. With digital imaging, veterinarians can see any hidden problems such as tooth fractures, root abscesses, or even tumors.

At-Home Dental Care

While regular brushing is the best way to keep your dog's teeth clean, there are other things you can do to help keep their smile shining.

Here are some tips for at-home dental care for your dog:

  1. Give them chew toys - Chew toys can help remove plaque and tartar from your dog's teeth as they chew. Look for toys that are specifically designed to promote dental health.
  2. Feed them dental-friendly foods - There are now many brands of dog food that contain ingredients that help promote dental health. These foods can help reduce plaque and tartar buildup on your dog's teeth.
  3. Brush their teeth regularly - The best way to keep your dog's teeth clean is to brush them regularly with a toothbrush designed for dogs. Be sure to use toothpaste that is specifically made for dogs, as human toothpaste can be harmful to them.
  4. Take them for regular dental checkups - Just like humans, dogs need to see the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. Your veterinarian can spot problems early and recommend treatment if necessary.

By following these tips, you can help keep your dog's smile healthy and sparkling!

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