The Importance of Dental Care

Proper dental care is not just important for your pet’s teeth and gums. Over time, plaque and tartar can build up, leading to bad breath, reddened gums, and bacteria in the mouth. This can result in drooling, discomfort while chewing, and loose or missing teeth.

Poor dental health can lead to many other problems, some of which can be fatal. Bacteria can infect the gum tissue and roots of the teeth resulting in heart and kidney disease; two serious conditions associated with poor dental health. However, all of these problems can be avoided with regular visits to your veterinarian and proper dental care.

When you bring in your pet to Affordable Pet Hospital for its annual exam, or if your pet is experiencing any of the clinical signs listed above, our veterinarians will examine your pet’s teeth and gums to determine if your pet’s teeth require special treatment. This may involve cleaning at home, a change in diet, an anesthesia-free dental cleaning, or a detailed dental cleaning where anesthesia is required.

Our veterinarians and staff want your pet to live a happy and long life, and proper dental care directly affects that. Call us at 813-991-9898 to find out how we can improve the health of your pet with a dental care plan designed for your pet.