What are some of the advantages of performing a dental procedure on my pet?

Our Tampa veterinarians believe that proper dental care for your pet will provide them with a longer, healthier life. Providing routine dental care at home is a good way to start preventing dental disease. However brushing your pet’s teeth only goes so far. Brushing will remove plaque but not tartar buildup. In order to fully remove tartar buildup and prevent dental disease (gingivitis, periodontal disease), a proper full dental cleaning is required.  At our animal hospital in Tampa, our dental cleanings include pre anesthetic lab work, balanced / monitored anesthesia, ultrasonic scale and polish (same procedure as at your dentist) and fluoride treatment.  After your pet’s procedure, many go home with antibiotics to help resolve the remaining gingivitis.  Also, our animal clinic provides a dental report card with before and after pictures of your pet’s mouth.  Click here to see some of our patients dental pictures

One of the initial problems with untreated dental disease is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is caused by tartar buildup under the gum line which cannot be removed with brushing alone. (doing a proper dental cleaning allows our veterinary technician to clean this buildup from under the gum line) This will cause the gums to separate from the teeth allowing bacterial colonization which leads to gum infection and possible bone loss. Other complications from untreated gum disease can include infections of the liver, kidney and heart valves causing severe, often irreversible, illness.  Our Tampa animal hospital’s belief is proper preventative medicine helps maintain a longer, healthier life for your pet.

In our feline patients, another common condition called Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions can be lessened or prevented by routine dental cleanings. These O.R.L. can be extremely painful and may eventually require extraction of the affected tooth.  Our veterinary staff will make that determination during the cleaning process.

Our Tampa veterinarians determine the necessity of dental cleaning during your pet’s yearly physical exams. Some of our patients need cleanings every 6 months, others every few years.   As stated earlier, the procedure does require anesthesia, and we perform in-house blood testing to make this as safe as possible. Once under anesthesia, the cleaning is the same as performed by your dental hygienist (ultrasonic scaling, polishing and fluoride treatment).

For more information about veterinary dental care in Tampa, contact our animal clinic at 813-289-3925.