A healthy mouth is a happy, healthy dog! The importance of dental care, early and often
“Doggie breath” is synonymous with halitosis or bad breath. It is the source of countless jokes. But it may be a symptom of oral disease. And oral disease doesn’t “just” threaten the health or integrity of your dog’s teeth and its sweet smile. As with people with gum disease, canines with gum (periodontal) disease are also at increased risk of developing other severe conditions. Fortunately, at San Marco Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, we can protect your pet’s teeth, gums, and overall health. Our veterinarians and staff appreciate the importance of exceptional dental care and services and take a particular interest in dental cleaning and exams.
Do not wait for signs of trouble
We encourage clients to have their dogs’ teeth professionally cleaned at our hospital at least once every year. We use many of the same specialized tools that you may be familiar with at your dental office. For instance, an ultrasonic scaler and polisher remove bacteria, sticky plaque, food debris, and stubborn plaque build-up (tartar or calculus) from the teeth and at the gum line. This process is administered while your pup is under anesthesia for utmost comfort. It is safe and predictable, even for regular use during routine cleanings. By maintaining excellent professional oral care, we protect against gum and tooth damage that can produce chronic and distressing pain, as well as other symptoms that affect your dog’s ability to chew food comfortably. These symptoms include:
- Cracked or fractured teeth
- Teeth that are loose in their sockets
- Very stained or yellow teeth (that’s stubborn plaque or tartar!)
- Noticeable discomfort when trying to eat food
- Excessive drooling
- Lack of appetite
- Bleeding; for instance, ropey and red-tinged saliva
- Visible swelling
We know you adore your pup. You don’t want to see them struggle or no longer enjoy their favorite activities or treats, especially when the root cause of the problem could have been prevented with cleanings integrated into regular “well” exams. Additionally, a healthy mouth is a happy and healthy pup! Researchers have found microscopic changes to distant organs, such as the heart and kidneys, among dogs with oral disease. Harmful oral bacteria don’t remain in the mouth. They can travel to other parts of the body via the bloodstream!