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The Importance of Pet Dental Hygiene

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Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center: Why Dental Hygiene is Important For Pets

Pet dental health is just as important as your own dental health. Unfortunately, it is also the most overlooked aspect of most pet’s health. Your pet’s dental health is related to their overall health and well-being. The veterinarian staff at Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center in Gainesville, FL can help keep your pet’s mouth healthy.

Pet Dental Exams

Your veterinarian can help maintain your pet’s dental health. They will check your puppy or kitten for issues related to baby teeth and oral development. Your vet will continue to monitor your dog's or cat's oral development as they grow older for anomalies, periodontal disease, and accumulation of plaque and tartar.

Possible Issues

Your pet can develop many of the same dental problems you do, including toothaches and abscesses. The most common issue in dogs and cats is a periodontal disease. Signs of periodontal disease become evident by age three and will worsen without treatment. Early detection is crucial as the advanced periodontal disease is not only painful, but it is also related to other health problems associated with kidney, liver, and heart muscle changes.

Common Pet Dental Problems

Some common pet dental problems include:

  • Plaque and Tartar Build-up
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Toothaches
  • Bad Breath
  • Broken Teeth
  • Misaligned Teeth
  • Palate Defects

How Can Your Vet Help with Pet Dental Problems and Regular Oral Maintenance?

A veterinarian or veterinary dentist should handle your pet's oral health. These professionals can help evaluate your pet’s oral cavity, jaw, and teeth. A yearly exam will include procedures such as x-rays, and dental cleaning (scaling and polishing) to help your vet identify possible problems and keep your pet’s mouth healthy.

Does Your Pet Need Dental Care? Contact Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center Today!

Don’t overlook your pet’s dental health. When you make your annual dental appointment, be sure to make one for your dog or cat, too! Contact the veterinarian staff at Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center in Gainesville at (352) 373-8055 today. We can help keep your pet’s mouth healthy.

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