Dental care

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 Seven Oaks 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 813-929-4100 to find out how we can improve the health of your pet with a dental care plan designed for your pet.

 

Anesthesia-Free Dentals

 

If it is recommended and your pet is approved for an anesthesia-free dental, the veterinarians and staff at Seven Oaks Pet Hospital will perform this procedure. During the procedure, your pet is awake, much like your regular dental exams, but the pet will rest on its side. The technicians involved clean the surfaces of the tooth, which includes the interior and sub-gingival curettage.

 

The technicians involved have years of experience and work with our veterinarians to detect tooth abnormalities, detect early signs of periodontal disease, and polish the teeth. We take special care to ensure your pet is as stress-free as possible. This procedure is not for every pet, but we strive to provide this to pets that would benefit from it.