Jacksonville Veterinarian Answers Pet Dental Care Questions
Our experienced Jacksonville veterinarians answer questions about pet dental care each day. Please learn more by reading our FAQ page. If you have additional questions, please call and schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.
Jacksonville Pet Dental Care FAQs
Why do I have to brush my pet’s teeth?
If plaque and bacteria are allowed to build up day after day, cement-like tartar develops. Tartar attracts more bacteria, which attack the gums, then the roots, then the bone structures supporting the teeth. This is extremely painful. Pets may even lose teeth and suffer infections that spread to internal organs. Pets need daily pet dental care at home and yearly professional cleanings with our Jacksonville veterinarian to stay healthy.
Does my pet need anesthesia for a pet dental appointment?
Typically, yes. Even the best-behaved pet may jerk her head while the veterinarian is using sharp dental tools, or clamp her teeth down on the dentist’s hand. Your pet needs to be absolutely still for the dental x-rays, the visual exam, cleaning, etc. This enables our pet dentist to remove all of the tartar, even below the gum line. Our Jacksonville veterinarians use especially safe anesthesia techniques and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs so there are no problems.
How often do pets need to have a professional pet dental cleaning?
Pets with reasonably healthy mouths should have a dental checkup and cleaning once a year. Those with severe cases of pet dental disease will need more appointments to fix the problems.
Will my pet need antibiotics?
This depends on your pet’s state of health. Most healthy pets do not need antibiotics prior to a dental cleaning appointment. Our veterinarian may recommend preemptive antibiotics be taken before an appointment if your pet has liver, heart or kidney disease, or any other condition that impacts the immune system’s ability to ward off potentially harmful bacteria.
Why does my pet need a tooth extracted? Are there any other options?
Sometimes periodontal disease progresses to the point where teeth or even parts of the diseased bone need to be surgically removed so that the infection and damage do not spread further. If we can save a pet’s tooth (or teeth) we will, but if it is necessary to remove one or more teeth to save the others, we may have to. We will explain all of the available options so you can make an informed decision.
My pet has a fractured tooth, but still seems all right—do we really need to have it treated?
Yes. Bacteria can enter the roots, bone structures and bloodstream through fractures. This can lead to widespread infection.
Will my pet be able to go back to eating crunchy kibble and treats after dental surgery?
Yes, usually after about 2 weeks. Your pet will need a soft food diet for that initial healing period, but should feel much better about eating after that.
Do you have other questions not listed here? Please call and ask: 910-238-3100!