Frequently Asked Questions about Pet Dental Care
Maintaining good dental health is crucial for your pet's overall well-being. If left untreated, pets can experience dental issues that may lead to discomfort and other health problems. Many pet owners don't prioritize dental care for pets or must be more informed about its importance. It's no surprise we get many questions regarding pet dental care. We answer your questions below from Animal Medical Center of Midwest City, OK.
What Are Signs of Dental Problems in Pets?
You might be a relatively new pet owner, or you might not have encountered oral problems in the past. Identifying these symptoms and scheduling an appointment at our veterinary hospital is important.
- Cracked or broken teeth - Pets with missing, broken, or cracked teeth can have dental issues, leading to infection or pain.
- Persistent bad breath - We don't expect our pets to always have minty, fresh breath. However, foul odors could indicate rotting teeth or periodontal disease.
- Bleeding gums - Pets with bleeding gums mean there is inflammation or infection in the gums, which can be a sign of disease.
How Do Vets Clean My Pet's Teeth?
Pets cannot sit still long enough to remove plaque and tartar buildup. It's imperative to use anesthesia to ensure your pet doesn't experience trauma or nervousness during scaling and polishing. X-rays are also taken if your pet needs advanced work, like an extraction.
Our main priority is to provide a calm and safe environment for your pet when dental work is required. Our team also helps educate pet owners about how to help at home. We can demonstrate teeth brushing techniques and guide with appropriate diets for optimal oral health.
How Often Should My Pet Get Its Teeth Cleaned?
It's no surprise that pets like to eat. You can provide oral care at home, but it could be more detailed than the vet. We recommend visiting our veterinarian for a professional dental cleaning at least once a year, although some pets may require more frequent cleanings depending on individual needs. Regular dental check-ups at our vet hospital are important to maintain your pet's oral health and prevent serious dental problems, such as gum disease or tooth decay.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Animal Hospital
Our pets deserve the best veterinary care possible, and that's what we're here for. Remember to consider the importance of pet dental care. Schedule an appointment with Animal Medical Center of Midwest City, OK, and we'll be happy to take care of all your needs. Call our office at (405) 732-0043 to schedule an appointment.