Veterinary Dentistry Jacksonville
Veterinary dentistry Jacksonville can play an important role in keeping your pet healthy. Your dog or cat should have regular dental examinations and professional cleanings just like any other member of your family. According to a recent study published by the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80 percent of all dogs and 70 percent of cats will show signs of oral disease (such as tooth or gum infections) before they reach three years of age. Puppies and kittens should be examined for extra baby teeth, missing teeth and issues related to oral development. Older pets should be evaluated for plaque and tartar buildup, oral tumors and gum disease. To prevent problems like bad breath, it is important that you provide consistent dental care at home as well as routine veterinary dental exams.
Treatment of Gum Disease
Without proper dental care, bacteria and food debris can accumulate around your pet's teeth. If left unchecked, this can lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in tooth loss and irreversible periodontal disease. Pets with poor oral hygiene can develop a very dangerous condition related to the oral bacteria. Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition seen in adult dogs and cats, which is unfortunate as it is entirely preventable. Veterinary research has shown the bacteria that causes periodontal disease can lead to changes in a pet's heart, liver, and kidneys. If you see broken or abscessed teeth, lesions, tumors, enamel erosion or gum overgrowth, schedule a dental exam with PrimeVET Animal Hospital.
Personalized Pet Dental Care
Dental disease can lead to chronic heart and kidney conditions that can shorten a pet's life expectancy. Veterinary dentistry Jacksonville and the caring veterinarians at PrimeVET Animal Hospital can develop a personalized plan to manage a variety of dental issues including:
- Decayed or Infected Teeth
- Tartar Buildup at Gum Line
- Foul Odor and Bad Breath
- Fractured and Loose Teeth
- Gum Disease (Gingivitis)
- Tumors and Gum Overgrowth
Managing your pet's dental problems can help to prevent the onset of a more serious disease. Tooth extractions as well as cleaning, polishing and scaling of the teeth are performed under anesthesia to effectively remove debris and reduce bacteria.
Dental Cleanings: Above and Below the Gum Line
Since a smooth surface is more resistant to plague buildup, our veterinarians and technicians use ultrasound equipment to safely polish each tooth above and below the gum line. In pets with sensitive teeth, fluoride treatments can be applied to strengthen the tooth's enamel and reduce sensitivity. Our veterinary dentistry Jacksonville is committed to delivering the highest level of specialty care for all of our animal friends. In addition to our stellar oral healthcare, we feel that it is just as important to educate owners as to their role in helping to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Unless your cat or dog just ate something smelly, stinky breath is not normal. To help your dog or cat accept life-long dental care, implement a home oral hygiene plan at an early age.
Regular preventative dental care is vital to a dog or cat's long-term health. To schedule an appointment at PrimeVET, call 904-644-7876 and put a healthy smile on your pet's face.