Veterinary Dental Care and Pet Teeth Cleaning in Sarasota
Regular care, including brushing, is important to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Despite regular home care most pets need an annual cleaning at the vet’s office to remove tartar that accumulates.
We all understand how important a visit to the dentist is. We sit in the chair, open our mouth when requested, and let the doctor do their work.
While the fundamentals of good oral hygiene and dental health are the same for dogs and cats as for people, there are some significant differences. We humans understand why the practice is important, and typically we don’t need sedation or restraint.
However, that is not true for our pets. Also, it’s important to remember that we can tell the dentist where it hurts. Our pets cannot. Therefore, to ensure that nothing is missed in dogs or cats, our patients require a thorough oral examination as part of a dental scaling procedure.
Dental disease is the most common infectious disease in pets, affecting over 85% of pets 2 years of age and older.
If you neglect your pet’s teeth, not only will he suffer from the pain that always accompanies dental disease, but the infection from his mouth could wreak havoc with the rest of his body.
Dental disease may result in heart disease, kidney disease and liver disease, in addition to the local discomfort found with severe dental tartar.
Once a pet has periodontal disease, the damage is permanent and they will need frequent cleanings as well as extractions. Don’t neglect a disease that is so easily prevented and treated!!
At Sarasota Animal Medical Center, we have state-of-the-art anesthesia and dental equipment so that your pet will have a safe and comfortable experience. While we make every effort to save the teeth, Dr. Luther has advanced training in difficult teeth extraction, if the need arises.