Pet Dental Care FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Pet Dentistry

Our Brazilian veterinarian gets a lot of questions about pet teeth cleaning and the practice of pet dentistry. To help guide you through the process with greater comfort and less concern, we’ll answer the top questions we receive about dental hygiene for pets. 

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Are Dental Problems Common in Pets?

Animals can develop dental issues, such as broken or loose teeth. After age 5, over 70 percent of dogs and cats suffer from periodontal disease. As with humans, a lack of routine pet teeth cleaning can cause the acclimation of bacteria on the teeth, leading to organ damage.

What Are Signs My Pet Needs Dental Care?

Signs that pets suffer from dental hygiene issues can consist of the following:

  • Sore or bleeding gums
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Bad breath
  • Discolored teeth
  • Jaw swelling

Our Boca Raton veterinarian can help identify problems and offer solutions after a brief exam and x-rays.

How Often Should Pet’s Teeth Be Cleaned?

These factors determine the frequency of dental exams and cleanings. They include the pet's age, breed, lifestyle, and dietary habits. Other considerations include the degree of home dental care, pets, and pre-existing conditions. Typically, pets need dental cleaning once or twice a year.

Is Anesthesia Necessary for Pet Dental Cleanings?

Anesthesia helps pets stay comfortable during their cleaning, and also helps them stay still during the service. Even people can get antsy and move around during tooth cleanings. Therefore, imagine how pets feel with no idea what’s happening. Once anesthetized, your pets will be monitored while they undergo X-rays, tartar removal, and descaling above and below the gum line.

How Much Does Pet Dental Cleaning Cost?

The cost depends on how thorough the cleaning needs to be and if they require special treatment. These circumstances can increase the cost of a dental visit. Our veterinarian will assess your pet’s dental needs and offer you an estimate for services.

Contact Us for Dental Hygiene Advice and Cleaning

Brazilian veterinarian, Dr. Sheila Santiago, founded Animal Kingdom Veterinary Center, a top animal clinic in Boca Raton, FL. We offer various services, including dentistry, wellness exams, surgery, and pet supplies. Come by our office or contact us at (561) 990-7414 to learn more.


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