With pet owners focused on diet, exercise, and enrichment, dental care often goes overlooked. Pets teeth and gums, however, need regular care (just like human teeth) to stay healthy. Left unattended, dogs and cats can develop periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to oral health problems in addition to a variety of systemic problems like organ damage and sepsis.
Does My Pet Need a Professional Teeth Cleaning?
We typically recommend a professional dental appointment and cleaning for pets with visible signs of tartar buildup and/or periodontal disease. If a pet has any of the following signs and symptoms, a dental exam might be in order:
Persistent bad breath
Yellow or brown tartar buildup on the surface of teeth
Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
Loose, broken, or missing teeth
Swelling around the mouth or face
Dropping food or toys
Pet Dentistry Services in Pensacola
During your pet’s regular wellness exam at Olive Branch Pet Hospital, our veterinarian will always visually examine your pet’s teeth and gums. We also offer specialized dental care for dogs and cats to prevent gum disease and other oral health problems.
Professional Teeth Cleanings for Pets
Dental exams and teeth cleaning appointments for pets are similar to a human’s, but pet dental exams are performed with pets under general anesthesia or another form of sedation.
Our veterinarian will scale and polish your pet’s teeth, removing plaque and tartar buildup to promote healthy gum tissue. We’ll also inspect your pet’s teeth and gums, looking for signs of more advanced oral health problems.
Veterinary Tooth Extractions
Broken teeth, abscessed teeth, or teeth with severe cavities might require extraction. Our pet hospital is fully equipped to handle these minor surgical appointments.
How to Care for Your Pet's Teeth at Home
To care for your pet’s teeth and gums between professional cleanings, invest in a toothbrush and toothpaste specially designed/formulated for cats or dogs. You can also provide your pet with dental-friendly treats, kibble, and chew toys.
Schedule a Pet Dentistry Appointment in Pensacola
If you notice any signs of periodontal disease or tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth, we recommend scheduling a dental exam. To learn more about dental care for pets, contact Olive Branch Pet Hospital in Pensacola today.
Mark S. Sprayberry, DVM, along with our team of veterinary nurses and kennel specialists are dedicated to providing your family dogs & cats with the highest quality care and compassion.