Maintaining healthy teeth and gums, through treatment or preventative measures, plays an important role in your pet’s overall health and well being. Your pet’s oral health is often the first line of defense in diagnosing and preventing illness and other health problems. Poor dental hygiene and maintenance can lead to risky infections and even heart problems. Yearly dental check-ups and preventative measures play an important role in good oral health. Bartow Animal Hospital offers examinations of teeth and gums, teeth cleaning, repair, extractions and other basic services, as well as instruction on home dental cleaning and care. Your Bartow veterinarian might also request digital radiography (x-rays).
Bartow Animal Hospital can also handle dental problems that arise in between check-ups. Contact Bartow if you notice a broken or loose tooth. Changes in chewing, appetite or behavior, reluctance to eat or play with toys, audible chattering of teeth when chewing, bleeding gums, swelling around the mouth, drooling, and unusual breath odor and, specifically for cats, improper or cessation of grooming, could be symptoms of oral pain, an abscess, or other conditions that need to be addressed.
If you are the pet parent of a puppy or kitten or other fur baby, start their check-ups early. Your Bartow Animal Hospital veterinarian will also check to make sure “baby” teeth fall out and permanent teeth come in on schedule, and check for early signs of malocclusion, or teeth misalignment, before they present chewing problems.