Despite what many pet owners may believe, “dog breath” is not just a nuisance – it’s a sign of an unhealthy mouth. Bad breath is caused by bacteria. Over time, bacteria leads to plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth. The result is bad breath, reddened gums, and other common signs of dental disease. As dental disease progresses, other signs can include drooling, discomfort while chewing, and loose or missing teeth. Even if you’re using treats and chews to help control tartar, these are frequently not enough to keep dental disease in check. Ask us at Land O' Lakes Animal Hospital in Land O' Lakes, FL, about the best ways to control plaque and help protect your pet from dental disease.
Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet’s health, because dental disease can be associated with other serious health problems such as heart disease and kidney disease. But how do you know if your pet has a healthy mouth? We will examine your pet’s teeth and gums to help determine if there are any dental issues you should know about. After a brief visual examination, we may recommend a more detailed examination (which requires sedation), a dental cleaning, or options for at-home dental care.
Digital x-rays assist us in making those recommendations by giving us insight into underlying issues.
Thanks to digital x-rays, we can image the following parts of the mouth:
- Soft tissue
Digital radiology can also reveal problems lurking beneath the gums, such as foreign objects, cysts, and even tumors. Studies have shown that, without the help of digital x-rays, significant dental issues are missed in up to 75% of pets.
We can offer expert advice to help you keep our pet’s teeth and gums healthy! Dental health shouldn’t be taken for granted. Fortunately, many dental problems can be managed through at-home care and by bringing your pet to us for regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings. We want your pet to live a long, healthy life, and maintaining a healthy mouth is part of that. Call today at (813) 996-2021 to discuss your pet’s dental care needs and how we can help!