General Animal Dentistry

Dog breath may not be the only problem

Dentistry for Dogs

A number of dental diseases can wreak havoc on your canine friend’s mouth if you don’t take any measures to keep bacteria and buildup at bay. Periodontitis, gingivitis, and cysts are just a few of the oral problems you’ll want to keep an eye on. Keep an eye on plaque buildup on the teeth and any behavioral changes in your pet that may be linked to mouth pain. Regular brushing and professional cleanings can help combat any oral disease that may try to take hold of your pet’s mouth. Talk to our friendly and knowledgeable staff about treatment options for your dog.

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Prevent disease before it strikes

Dentistry for Cats

70% of cats will face side effects of dental disease by their third birthday. Oral disease is more common in older cats but you should keep an eye on the behavior of your cat no matter the age. Contact your vet at the first signs of oral discomfort. This can manifest as dropping food and pawing at the mouth among other symptoms. It’s time you give your cat the gift of oral health. Their life will be long and happy because of it. Reach out for more information from our knowledgeable staff. They’ll be happy to help you get your feline friend on the path to a clean, healthy mouth.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What signs of poor dental health should I watch for?

Watch your dog or cat for bad or worsening breath, difficulty eating, swollen gums, loss of appetite, and pawing at the mouth. Cats especially can be difficult for veterinarians to closely examine around the mouth and may be more likely to miss the earliest stages of oral problems setting in. You know your pet best and can pick up on small behavioral changes that can help you avoid allowing the progression of a preventable oral disease.

How often should my pet’s teeth be cleaned?

In most situations, your pet’s teeth should be cleaned once a year. Your veterinarian can examine your pet and determine what the best oral health treatment plan is for their individual needs. Dogs and cats may need more frequent cleanings if they have advanced oral diseases, are a small dog breed, or are older.

What is the biggest oral health problem I should be worried about for my pet?

Periodontitis is a severe oral disease where suffering pets experience nasal discharge, pain, loose teeth, and irritated gums. It can begin showing as soon as three years of age in both cats and dogs. Your pet will begin to exhibit the following symptoms as periodontitis sets in: difficulty eating, irritated gums, and yellowing or brown teeth.

What can I do to improve my pet’s oral health between professional dental cleanings?

You can brush your pet’s teeth regularly between cleanings to help take control of their oral hygiene and ward off any diseases from setting in. You can also use specific dental diet foods, dental treats, dental toys, and dental chews to help with oral health maintenance. If you want to go the extra mile, you can use a water additive designed to help keep your pet’s mouth clean. There are also gels and dental wipes on the market for pets who refuse to cooperate with teeth brushing.

Because your pet can’t brush their own teeth

Take Charge of Your Pet’s Oral Health

Periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases in dogs. And just because the problem originates in the mouth doesn’t mean it will stay there. Poor oral hygiene in pets can lead to further problems manifesting as problems with the kidney, liver, and lungs. It’s even linked to diabetes complications and cancer. While you can’t tell your pet to brush their teeth you can do the brushing yourself and consult with your pet’s veterinarian to determine when it’s best for a professional dental cleaning.

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Meet Dr. Qasim

Dr. Bilal Qasim has been serving animals and pet owners in Central Florida for over 17 years. With extended hours, he knows that accidents and injuries don’t always happen at convenient times. Dr. Qasim and his team will care for your pet like they were their own so that you can get back to a normal, healthy life again.

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Meet Dr. Qasim

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Dr. Bilal Qasim has been serving animals and pet owners in Central Florida for over 17 years. With extended hours, he knows that accidents and injuries don’t always happen at convenient times. Dr. Qasim and his team will care for your pet like they were their own so that you can get back to a normal, healthy life again.

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