Pet Dental FAQ

Dental Care FAQs in Gainesville, FL with Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center

When it comes to your family’s dental health, remember that the furry members need care, too. Regular pet dental care is vital to their oral and overall health.  Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center offers compassionate dental treatment for your pet at our state-of-the-art facility in Gainesville.

Dog holding a toothbrushWhy Do Pets Need Dental Care?

Pets, just like people, can become sick when their oral health is poor.  If plaque isn’t removed, pets’ gums become inflamed (gingivitis), leading to periodontal disease.  The disease can spread bacteria throughout the animal’s body and infect their organs. This may cause chronic disease of the kidneys, liver, and heart.

Most pets show signs of early periodontal disease before they’re three years old.  In fact, 85% of dogs have dental problems by the time they’re four.

What Problems Can Our Veterinarian Screen For?

Pets’ problems can include cavities, broken or misaligned teeth, periodontal disease, abscesses, and mouth cysts or tumors.  

If a pet’s teeth aren’t properly taken care of, dental problems will only get worse with time.  That’s why it’s so important to detect and treat problems early, before they cause poor health and suffering for your dog or cat.

What Issues Should Be Addressed With a Pet Dental Exam?

See your vet for pet dental symptoms including:

  • Increased drooling
  • Pain when you touch their mouth
  • Trouble eating, lack of appetite, or dropping food from their mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding or swollen gums
  • Loose or broken teeth
  • Plaque or discoloration on teeth
  • Changes in behavior, such as irritability

How Can I Keep My Pet’s Teeth Healthy?

Brush often and schedule regular checkups and cleanings with the veterinarian.

Brushing your pet’s teeth may seem challenging (especially with cats!), but it can make a big difference in their oral health. Use a gradual approach, offering treats and praise, so your pet can get used to teeth brushing. Try to brush every day; even a few times a week can help. 

Be sure to use toothpaste and a brush meant for pets. No human toothpaste—the ingredients are dangerous to pets if ingested.

Dental treats can help clean teeth. Ask our vet for suggestions on the best types.

How Can Our Gainesville Veterinarian Help?

Regular checkups are important because the vet can spot and treat pet dental problems early. Our Gainesville veterinarian provides services including x-rays, cleanings, gum surgery, and tooth extractions.

Dental cleanings are done under anesthesia so pets can lie still and be free from pain or anxiety. Anesthesia is safer than ever before, and most pets are able to go home the same day.  

Contact Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center Today

Our caring and expert staff is ready to answer any questions you have about your pet’s dental care.  Call us at 352-373-8055 to book your appointment with our Gainesville veterinarian.


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