Dental disease is the most common health problem affecting our four-legged family members, but it doesn’t have to be! While a lack of routine dental care and teeth cleanings can unfortunately lead to tartar buildup and potential infection in the mouth, these and other oral health problems can be prevented. At Westmonte Animal Clinic, Dr. Matagrano and her staff perform oral health exams and professional cat and dog teeth cleanings on a regular basis. We know that establishing a dental routine can be challenging, especially if your pet is older and set in their ways. Luckily, there are options available for pets of all ages, and we can help you formulate a treatment plan that works.
How Can I Tell if My Pet has Dental Disease?
One of the problems with dental disease is that often, our pets will not show any clinical signs until their condition has gotten more serious. Even then, it might not automatically be obvious to you that they need an oral exam (and possibly more). We advise pet parents to consider these issues, which could indicate advanced dental disease:
- Bad breath
- Brownish-yellow buildup along the gum line
- Gums appear red and inflamed (if you’re suspicious regarding your pet’s oral health, try to lift their lip for a look at their teeth and gums)
- Dropping food on the floor while they’re eating
- Drooling excessively and more frequently
- Rubbing or pawing at their face
How Our Team Performs Cat and Dog Teeth Cleanings in Altamonte Springs, FL
We perform teeth cleanings on pets very similar to how your dentist cleans your teeth. The difference is, we need to administer general anesthesia to our patients before doing any dental work. This ensures that they are comfortable and safe during their procedure, and our team can provide the most thorough and complete care to your pet. For additional safety, we require pre-anesthetic blood work to confirm that your pet is in good health and able to metabolize the anesthesia.
To deep clean your pet’s teeth and gums, we use an ultrasonic scaler, hand scaler, and high-speed polishing tool to remove all traces of plaque and tartar, while also smoothing the enamel surfaces. We’ll check all of your pet’s teeth, check for periodontal pockets, and make sure there is no sign of infection. We are able to treat dental disease in dogs and cats, and if necessary, we can also extract decayed or broken teeth (with your prior consent, and with the appropriate pain relief administered).
If you have any questions about your pet’s oral health or would like to schedule an oral exam, call Westmonte Animal Clinic at (407) 862-6892.