Pet Dental Care Services
Your pet’s oral hygiene has a significant impact on their overall health, and is a vital and often overlooked aspect of their wellbeing. At Healthy Pets Veterinary Care, we offer comprehensive anesthetic and non-anesthetic pet dental care services in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, as well as other neighboring communities.
Why is Dental Care Important?
Dental care is equally important for pets as it is for humans. Periodontal (gum) disease is among the most common conditions. Gum diseases manifests when plaque and tartar build up on teeth. Plaque harbors harmful bacteria, which can infect the surrounding gum tissue and potentially affect teeth roots. This results in painful disease and tooth loss.
Bacteria from the mouth can also enter the blood stream through the tiny blood vessels in the gums. The bacteria can travel to different organs, usually harming the vital organs with the highest blood flow: heart, kidneys, lungs, liver and even the brain. Infections, and the damage they can cause to organ systems, can shorten the lives of our furry friends.
We recommend twice-yearly oral examinations and once-yearly cat and dog dental cleanings. Our complete physical exams include a thorough oral assessment. We have also built a comprehensive dental treatment plan that includes:
- Full Anesthesia
- Teeth Cleaning (ultrasonic scaling and polishing)
- Full-Mouth Digital Dental X-rays
We are able to perform tooth extractions and minor oral surgeries during these procedures.
Dental Care for Dogs and Cats
If your dog or cat has bad breath, don’t just ignore the odor. Bad breath in dogs can be a sign of periodontal disease or a more serious oral health problem. Other signs of periodontal disease may be present, but not obvious, such as:
- Bad Breath
- Discoloration (i.e. A yellow/brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line)
- Red or Swollen Gums
- Decreased Appetite or Difficulty Eating
- Loose or Missing Teeth
- Pawing at the Mouth
- Pain or Bleeding (i.e. When eating, or when the mouth or gums are touched)
Your pet may not be showing any of these signs and still could be suffering from dental disease.
About Our Dental Cleanings
If you think your pet may have dental disease, please call us to schedule an oral exam and dental consultation today! After examination, we will determine if your cat or dog requires a dental cleaning under general anesthesia, or if they are a good candidate for a non-anesthetic dental cleaning.
Anesthetic dental cleanings are necessary when your pet is showing signs of advanced dental disease. Full-mouth dental radiographs are taken while your pet is under anesthesia to reveal any signs of dental disease below the gum line.
Non-anesthetic dental cleanings are also an effective option for preventive care, especially in older patients. However, not all pets are suitable candidates for this procedure, and we will help you to determine which is the best option for your pet based on their overall health condition.
Examples of Oral Disease in Pets:
Stage 1 Periodontal Disease (Gingitivis):
Stage 2 (early) Periodontal Disease:
Stage 3 (moderate) Periodontal Disease:
Stage 4 (severe) Periodontal Disease:
Feline Resorptive Lesions:
Benefits of Dental Cleaning
Before dental cleaning
After Dental Cleaning
Preventative Dental Home Care
Brushing your pet’s teeth can go a long way toward preventing dental disease. Some pets resist brushing, but can be taught to accept, or even like it with a little work, especially if you introduce brushing when your pet is a puppy or kitten.
We recommend brushing your pet’s teeth once a day (or at least 3 times a week). Remember, any brushing is better than no brushing at all!
Step 1: Choose a Pet Toothpaste Your Pet Likes
There are fish, chicken, and peanut butter flavors among others available (do not use human tooth paste or tooth brushes on your pet). You may need to try more than one flavor to find your pet’s favorite.
Place a small amount of the pet approved toothpaste on your finger, and offer it to your pet as a daily treat for several days. This will allow your pet to become accustomed to the toothpaste and associate it (and eventually brushing) as fun and rewarding.
Once your pet readily and regularly accepts toothpaste as a reward, use your index finger to mimic the brushing motion with the daily dose of flavored toothpaste.
Step 2: Introduce a Pet Toothbrush
We recommend using the finger toothbrush. Make small circular motions with the brush at a 45-degree angle, beginning at the back of the mouth. Usually eight to ten strokes are sufficient for any given area. Attempt to brush all sides of your pet’s teeth to the best of your abilities.
If brushing your pet’s teeth is not an option, we are happy to discuss other products and methods to ensure the long term oral health of your pet.
Protect Your Pet’s Oral Health
At Healthy Pets Veterinary Care, we have a wide range of dental products including specialized dental diets, pet toothpaste and toothbrushes, dental chews, and more. We also have several pet wellness plans that include dental services to keep your dogs and cats in tip-top shape throughout their lives. We are your one-stop-shop for all of your pet’s dental needs.
Are you Looking for Pet Dental Care in Boca Raton, FL?
Visit us to learn more about our exceptional team and the services we provide to keep your pets healthy, healthy and by your side. To schedule an appointment, contact us today at 561-922-7948!