Our pets need professional dental care just like we do! At Auburndale Veterinary Clinic, we provide high-quality care for all your pet’s needs, which includes maintaining their dental health. Teeth cleaning is vital to your pet’s health as it helps to treat and prevent dental disease.
Dental disease is a common infection affecting dogs and cats. It can lead to more serious health issues such as tooth loss, abscesses, and infections of the heart, liver, and kidneys. Thankfully, dental disease can be prevented with a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your pet’s specific needs.
Schedule a dental appointment with our Auburndale, FL, animal hospital today!
Our Dental Care Process
Oral problems may go unnoticed because our pets have an instinct to hide any symptoms of pain or discomfort. For our team to make a correct oral health assessment, your dog or cat must be fully sedated. This allows our team to thoroughly examine every individual tooth and carefully check the gums.
Here is what to expect at your pet’s oral exam and teeth cleaning appointment:
We perform pre-exam bloodwork to ensure your pet is healthy and able to be fully sedated for the duration of the oral exam.
If an extraction is necessary, we use nerve blocks to control the pain. If no extractions are needed, we clean the teeth above and below the gum line. You will be contacted for approval before we perform any dental extractions.
Our vets clean and polish your pet’s teeth above and below the gum line, and apply a fluoride treatment. The OraVet gel forms an invisible barrier to protect teeth from plaque and tartar accumulation.
Next, we apply antibiotic Clindoral gel in deep gingival pockets around the teeth to prevent infection.
We will send your pet home with supplementary pain relief medication (if needed) and can recommend a water additive to reduce bacterial buildup on their teeth.
If your pet had one or more teeth extracted, we will need to see them for a follow-up visit a month after their procedure. This helps our veterinarians confirm that your pet is healing properly and has no other oral issues.
Symptoms of Dental Disease in Pets
Your pet may not be able to tell you when they are feeling pain or discomfort, but there are some behaviors and symptoms to keep an eye out for:
- Bad breath
- Brown/yellow teeth
- Loose teeth
- Bright red gums
- Bleeding gums
- Excessive drooling
- Pawing at the mouth
- Avoidance of any activities that involve chewing
Do you have a question or concern about your companion’s dental care? The team at our Auburndale, FL, animal hospital is dedicated to keeping your pet’s teeth strong and healthy, and can recommend a treatment plan specifically tailored to their dental needs.
Call our clinic at (863) 967-5854 and a knowledgeable team member will assist you in scheduling an appointment for your pet!