April 13, 2024

Pet Dental Care Tips!

1. How to care for your pet’s teeth:

  • There are many dental toys and chews that help reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Be cautious about giving hard bones as these can fracture their teeth.
  • Regularly inspect your pet’s mouth for signs of dental issues.
  • Schedule routine check-ups with Gulf Breeze Animal Hospital to assess your pet’s overall health. We will assess their teeth and gums and make a recommendation on whether or not your pet needs a dental. We have many pet dental care tips that we can share.

2. How to brush your dog or cat’s teeth:

  • Use a pet-specific toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Start slowly, gradually introducing the toothbrush and toothpaste to your pet.
  • Gently brush your pet’s teeth in circular motions, focusing on the gum line.
  • Be patient and positive, rewarding your pet for cooperation.

3. What to look for with dental disease:

  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tartar buildup
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Difficulty eating or chewing
  • Excessive drooling
  • Pawing at the mouth or face

4. Importance of routine dental cleanings:

  • Routine dental cleanings are essential for preventing dental disease. Professional cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.
  • Regular cleanings can help prevent tooth loss, pain, and other serious health issues associated with dental disease. We can also identify and address any underlying dental issues during these check-ups. We can do a thorough oral exam with them under anesthesia.
  • Dental radiographs are helpful at assessing what is underneath the gum line. It can help find diseased/abscessed teeth. Dental disease can eat away at bone and can also affect your pet’s internal organs. The bacteria found within the mouth of pets with dental disease are the same bacteria that are often implicated in heart disease. The liver and kidneys are also susceptible to the effects of dental disease.
  • The American Veterinary Medical Association has a great article about dental disease in pets.

By following these tips and staying proactive about your pet’s dental care, you can help keep their teeth and gums as healthy as possible! We have pet dental care tips and dental goodie bags to go home after your procedure that can help keep your pets teeth shiny ongoing. Please give us a call at 850-932-6116 to schedule your dental consult today with Dr. McClure, Dr. Adam or Dr. Holderman!

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