Preventing Disease and Discomfort with Pet Dental Care
Disease prevention plays a major role in all aspects of your pet’s health care, especially when it comes to their oral health. We recommend that pets receive regular dental care at home and yearly or semi-yearly teeth cleanings with us in order to prevent a variety of traumatic diseases and the need for tooth extractions later. With preventative pet dental care, your best friend can enjoy their life to the fullest—and perhaps even live longer, too.
Why Make Dental Care a Habit?
Dental disease is the most common condition affecting dogs and cats, and it can start developing early if proper treatment is not applied. By committing to keeping your pet’s mouth healthy you’re also helping to prevent:
- Bad breath
- Plaque and tartar buildup
- Painful infection of the gums (gingivitis)
- Loose and/or broken teeth
- Tooth loss
- Periodontal disease, in which the gums recede and the roots of the teeth decay due to bacteria buildup
- Potential heart, liver, or kidney disease, should bacteria from your pet’s mouth enter their bloodstream (bacteremia) and travel to any of these organs
- A much lower quality of life for your pet
Ways to Prevent Dental Disease
Pet dental care is not limited to one type of treatment. There are many things you can do at home, and that we can do here, to keep your pet’s teeth and gums as healthy as they can be. This primarily includes:
- Brushing your pet’s teeth every day with the appropriate toothpaste and brush (never use human toothpaste)
- Using oral wipes to remove food debris after your pet has eaten
- Supplementing your pet’s brushing routine with dental chews and a diet for controlling tartar
- Bringing in your pet for yearly or semi-yearly teeth cleanings at our clinic, where they will receive a full oral evaluation, dental X-rays, a complete dental scaling above and below the gum line, and the total removal of disease-causing bacteria
Don’t hesitate to let us know if your pet needs a dental checkup—the health of their mouth also affects their overall systemic health. And with a healthier mouth, your pet has a greater chance of living a longer life.