At Wintermere Pointe Animal Hospital, we understand that pet dental care can sometimes be more challenging than regular veterinary health care. However, your pet's teeth and gums need just as much care and attention as yours do to stay healthy. That's why our veterinarian in Winter Garden works with pet owners across the Winter Garden, Windermere, and Clermont area to ensure their furry friends have access to the dental care they need, including x-rays.
What's Involved in Veterinary Dental Care?
Virtually all pets develop some kind of dental issue if they do not receive routine dental care. Just as in humans, these issues can develop into more serious health problems if left untreated.
Brushing goes a long way in preventing dental issues. Pet dental toothpastes do exist, and you should never use human toothpaste in its place. Brushing can be challenging to do for many pet owners. Fortunately, a natural diet also helps prevent dental issues in your dog or cat. Giving them periodic teeth-cleaning treats also helps.
Your Pet May Need Dental X-Rays
If your pet is experiencing active dental problems, a veterinary x-ray may be required for a thorough assessment. Symptoms of a dental problem in a pet often include pawing at their face, bad breath, a change in eating habits, visibly swollen or red gums, visible decay, and more. In many cases, pet dental x-rays are the only way to accurately determine the root of the problem. Once x-rays are properly assessed, our veterinarian can prescribe the most effective treatment needed for your animal.
Many pets (dogs in particular) benefit from receiving dental x-rays every one to two years, regardless of whether or not they seem to have an active issue. This is because dogs cannot indicate to their owners that he or she is experiencing underlying issues. X-rays can help catch dental problems early on before they become serious issues. Likewise, your pet may be due for a dental x-ray if it has been a while since his or her last veterinary visit.
How Pet Dental X-Rays Work
Giving a dog or cat a dental x-ray is slightly different from what your dentist does for you. First, many animals need to be given a mild sedative in order to achieve clear images. This will also help make the process go quickly and expose them to as little radiation as possible. Other than that, the process is quite similar to your own dental visits. Our veterinarian will capture images of different sides of your pet's mouth via intraoral x-rays, allowing them to observe 60 percent of each tooth that is below the gum's surface.
Contact Us for Pet Dental Care from Our Veterinarian in Winter Garden
For those in Winter Garden, Windermere, Clermont, or surrounding areas in Orlando, our veterinary hospital is here to help with all of your pet's dental needs. Our team at Wintermere Pointe Animal Hospital is committed to providing pets the care they need to live healthy and happy lives. So, give us a call or fill out our online appointment request form to set up your pet's exam today! Learn more about how we can help you and your animal.