Pet Dental Care FAQs

Pet Dental Care FAQs With Our Lakeland Veterinarians

Pet dental care should be part of your pet's regular health checkup routine. Santa Fe Animal Hospital offers dental care for pets in the Lakeland, FL area. Below are some frequently asked questions when it comes to dental care for pets. This is a great way to get some knowledge of dental care before bringing in your pet for a dental check-up.

veterinarian brushing a dog's teeth

Why Is Pet Dental Health Important?

Pet dental health is important because dental health can have a direct link to other health issues your pet is experiencing. It's important to get your pet's teeth and gums checked at least once a year.

What Types Of Things Will A Veterinarian Be Able To Screen For?

A veterinarian will be able to screen for a variety of health issues. One of the more common dental health issues in pets is periodontal disease. Your veterinarian can also check for:

  • tumors and cysts in your pet's mouth
  • cleft palate and other abnormalities
  • broken roots and teeth
  • teeth and bite not being aligned correctly
  • infected teeth or abscesses
  • jaw that is broken

What Should I Expect During A Pet Dental Exam?

Your veterinarian at Santa Fe Animal Hospital in Lakeland will first perform an oral exam on your pet. He or she may do x-rays if they suspect something may be wrong with your pet's teeth. A detailed cleaning and test may also be recommended with anesthesia. Anesthesia is to protect the veterinarian and animal from injury and bites. While your pet is under anesthesia, your veterinarian will get rid of dental plaque and tartar, as well as polish the teeth.

Dental Issues To Look For

There are a number of dental issues to look for. Below are a few:

  • Loose or broken teeth
  • Swelling around the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Pain in the mouth or around the mouth area
  • Mouth bleeding
  • Lower appetite
  • Extra teeth or baby teeth that never fell out
  • Dropping food, chewing, or drooling that is out of the ordinary
  • Discolored teeth

Common Pet Dental Problems

Common pet dental problems include:

  • A fractured jaw
  • Broken roots and teeth
  • Cleft palate
  • Peridontal disease
  • Misalignment of teeth
  • Teeth abscesses or teeth that are infected 

How Can A Veterinarian Help?

A veterinarian can help by detecting oral issues early before they become more serious.

Set Up An Appointment At Santa Fe Animal Hospital in Lakeland Today

Make an appointment with one of our veterinarians today to get your pet's teeth looking healthy again. Visit us at Santa Fe Animal Hospital at 3107 US-92, Lakeland, FL 33801 9234. You can also call us at (863) 665-5033. Get your appointment set up today!