Caring for Your Pet's Smile

Your pet's smile needs regular dental care, just like ours! Their teeth and gums can easily develop plaque and tartar that can seriously harm their overall health. Dental disease is incredibly common in domestic animals, and it can be extremely painful for your pet. Gum disease and tooth decay can make it difficult for your pet to eat and function normally. This can have an effect on their behavior, their organ function, and their eating habits. Your pet's dental health is directly correlated to their overall health, so you need to make sure you are taking good care of their smile.

Our Miramar veterinarian can discuss your pet's dental health needs at their semi-annual wellness check-up. Every smile is unique, so your pet's smile may require additional services to help protect it from gum disease and tooth decay.

Caring for Your Pet's Smile

Our dental services include:

  • Prophylaxis, polishing
  • Extractions
  • Gingival flaps
  • Ultrasonic lasers for cleaning
  • Digital x-rays

We recommend a professional dental cleaning at least once per year to help keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy and strong. Some signs that your pet may need dental treatment include:

  • Bad breath
  • Broken or loose teeth
  • Extra teeth
  • Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
  • Refusal to eat
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Swelling

Some pets may become irritable when they are experiencing a dental health issue, so watch out for behavioral changes. Be careful when evaluating their teeth and gums, even the friendliest of pets can bite if they are uncomfortable enough. If you are unsure about your pet's smile, bring them in for a quick evaluation.

Dental Disease

Oral health issues can be caused by several different factors. If your pet is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, it could be time for a dental cleaning and evaluation. Oral health issues can cause serious harm to your pet's overall wellness, so it is important to stay ahead of any dental health concern.

Watch out for these common dental health issues in your pet's smile:

  • Broken teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Infected teeth
  • Cysts or tumors in the mouth
  • Misaligned bite
  • Broken jaw
  • Cleft palate

Protect your pet's smile by being proactive with their dental care. Choose nutritious foods that promote overall wellness. A balanced diet and proper exercise can actually help keep their smile healthy! Choose dental chew toys that can aid in cleaning their teeth and try to brush their teeth as often as possible for your lifestyle. Bring your pet in for a dental cleaning at least once per year to help remove any built-up tartar from their teeth and gums.