Pet Dental Care in Orlando
Did you know that by the age of 3, over half of all cats and dogs will have some form of gum disease? If left untreated, gum disease can lead to more serious problems and health issues such as tooth loss and organ disease. The good news is gum disease is almost entirely preventable, which is why we recommend annual wellness visits to our hospital. During these visits, we can determine if a dental cleaning is needed. Our pet dentistry services in Orlando include cleanings, extractions, and digital dental X-rays to view below the gum line. These services are intended to not only treat oral problems, but to prevent them from developing or from worsening.
Gum Disease Symptoms
While some of the signs of gum disease are obvious, others are subtle, so it’s important for you to know what signs to look for at home. The following is a list of the most common symptoms that are linked to gum disease:
- Loose or discolored teeth
- Excessive tartar buildup
- Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Bad breath
- Pawing at the mouth (which could indicate pain)
- Loss of appetite or weight loss
If you notice any of these signs in your four-legged friend, call us to schedule a dental exam/cleaning at Kirkman Animal Hospital.
Home Care and Prevention
As the pet owner, you can also play an effective role in preventing gum disease in your pet by brushing his teeth at home regularly. We know not every pet is cooperative when having their teeth brushed, so we’ll be glad to give you some brushing tips at your next visit. We can also give you recommendations on dental treats and toys that help prevent tartar buildup.
With routine pet dentistry in Orlando and preventive care at home, gum disease can be prevented for all of your canine and feline companions. If it’s been awhile since your pet’s had a dental or wellness visit, give us a call at (407) 900-2097, and get your loved one caught up today!