Pet Dental Care: Something to Smile About!
EEEW! Doggie breath! How often do pet owners consider bad breath in our canine (and feline) friends normal? In fact, bad breath in pets is one of the more noticeable signs of pet oral health woes, often signaling the presence of bacteria which lead to a buildup of plaque and tartar.
Pet dental disease affects over two-thirds of dogs and cats, and yet dental care remains one of the most neglected forms of health care for our four-legged friends. Periodontal disease (a disease affecting the stabilizing structures of the tooth), just as we might expect in humans, occurs in pets who have not been given consistent dental care.
This disease can cause your pet pain, tooth loss, and abscesses, and can even lead to systemic infections that harm the heart, kidneys, liver, and other organs of the body. In fact, dental disease can take years off of a pet’s life.
But there is good news: dental disease is preventable through regular exams, cleanings, and daily care.
At-Home Care & Veterinary Dentistry
Maintaining regular wellness appointments is integral to keeping your pet’s teeth and gums in good condition. Because so many pets do have the beginnings of periodontal disease, professional cleanings (including ultrasonic cleaning and polishing) are often recommended and allow for the removal of plaque, tartar, and bacteria. Early intervention can reverse dental disease and promote a longer, healthier life.
In addition to veterinary care, by brushing your pet’s teeth (we’re glad to provide instruction), and feeding a high-quality diet, you can make great strides in pet oral health.
To learn more about pet dental care for lifelong health and longevity, please call us.
Signs of Dental Disease in Pets
- Bad breath
- Redness or swelling of the gums
- Pawing at mouth/rubbing face
- Difficulty chewing
- Discoloration of teeth (yellow or brown appearance)
- Loose, broken, or worn teeth
- Lack of grooming
- Weight loss