Pet Teeth Cleaning Helps Prevent Dental Disease
At Veterinary Healthcare Associates we invest in every aspect of your pet’s care, including dentistry. Dentistry is one of the most important services we offer for dogs and cats here in Winter Haven, yet most pets show signs of serious oral health issues by age three. Why is this the case?
If an animal is uncomfortable, their natural response is to hide it. Therefore, painful infections may develop in your pet's gums and teeth without you knowing. That's why pets need routine dental care to stay healthy--their well-being depends on it.
What is Dental Disease?
Dental disease occurs when tartar accumulates under the gum line and releases harmful bacteria into the mouth. Bacteria that finds its way under the gum line will attack the gum tissue and tooth roots, resulting in:
- Bad breath
- Loose, decayed, and/or broken teeth
- Red, swollen gums
- Excessive drooling
- Difficulty chewing and eating
- Unusual swelling around the face
- Pawing and rubbing at face or mouth
- Decreased activity
Dental disease can also affect the heart, liver, and kidneys if bacteria in the mouth enter the bloodstream.
Aspects of Healthy Dental Care Habits
Ideally, your pet dental care program should include yearly exams and regularly-scheduled dental cleanings at our hospital, and daily maintenance care at home. Dental disease is easily preventable with routine treatment and visits with your veterinarian.
Our dental services include:
- Dental radiographs and in-depth oral exams for a full assessment of your pet’s oral health
- Cleaning the teeth above and below the gum line to remove plaque and tartar
- Polishing the teeth smooth to reduce future buildup on their surfaces
- Extractions if necessary to remove teeth that are loose, broken, or infected
We perform all dental services with pets under anesthesia for their safety and comfort. This also allows us to be as thorough as possible during exams and cleanings to ensure that your pet is receiving the best possible treatment.
Your Pet's Dental Routine Starts at Home
Want to instill healthy dental habits at home? If possible, start early! Puppies and kittens will get used to having their teeth brushed every day and will be much more receptive to having their mouths checked. Contact our hospital at (863) 324-3340 if you would like to schedule a pet teeth cleaning or need help managing pet dental care at home.