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At Bee Ridge Veterinary Clinic in Sarasota, FL, our veterinarians are committed to keeping your pets healthy and active throughout each stage of their life. From puppy and kitten care to senior pet care, pet dentistry is essential to at every life stage. Our vet team recommends annual dental cleanings to remove plaque buildup and polish the teeth. Since many pets feel anxious with dental equipment in their mouths, our veterinarians will administer anesthesia to help pets relax during the cleaning. After scraping away plaque we use an ultrasonic polishing system to smooth the teeth’s surface. By removing ridges and bumps on the teeth, this reduces the opportunity for plaque to form.
Plaque buildup can be very dangerous for your pet’s health. Since your pet cannot brush his own teeth, tiny food particles and bacteria can build up along the gum line. When these deposits harden, they form plaque. As plaque deposits grow, this increase can push away a pet’s gum line, creating pockets for bacterial infection. If a bacterial infection enters the bloodstream, it can damage internal organs and compromise your pet’s health.
As a pet owner, it’s important to identify the signs of oral disease as early as possible. While your pet’s breath may not be minty fresh, that’s okay. Particularly offensive breath, however, is a sign of illness, especially if this bad breath is accompanied by loss of appetite or excessive drooling. Sick animals may also have tumors in the gums, cysts under the tongue, and loose teeth.