The Proof’s in the Pudding: A Year-Round Approach to Pet Dental Care
What if we told you there was a sure-fire way to promote and safeguard your pet’s long-term health and wellness? Without a doubt, nutrition, exercise, and disease prevention play huge parts in the life of your pet. But to truly guarantee their longevity, daily, weekly, and yearly attention to pet dental care is of vital importance.
The necessity of pet dental care is often overlooked until noticeable bad breath creeps in. Unfortunately, by the time your pet’s mouth begins to smell, damage has already occurred. When deleterious bacteria get a foothold in the teeth and gums, it’s only a matter of time before the major organs become a target. Seeping through the bloodstream, bacteria can attack the general health of the liver, heart, and kidneys.
More Than That
As you can imagine, if this is what your pet is going through, it can be quite painful. Tooth decay, cavities, and the buildup of plaque do not happen overnight, but because they can seriously threaten an animal’s vitality, regular care at home and professional attention are critical.
Warning signs of poor pet dental care include drooling, reluctance to eat, bleeding of the gums, swelling, and pain. Considering that a large majority of all pets over the age of 3 years have some stage of oral disease, it may be past time to address the idea of prevention.
A Worthy Strategy
At your pet’s yearly or biannual wellness exam, we always check for signs of periodontal disease. If warranted, we may suggest scheduling a cleaning or dental procedure under anesthesia. Augmenting professional cleanings, daily or weekly brushing can significantly bolster general pet dental care.
Brushing your pet’s teeth at home and professional cleanings at our hospital are the most effective ways to support year-round pet dental care.
Pet Dental Care for All Ages
It’s common for pet owners to struggle with brushing their pets teeth in the beginning. Animals put up some resistance at first, but if it’s rewarding, brushing at home becomes an easy, healthy habit.
Young pets can benefit from dental attention because of the likelihood of misaligned teeth, or retained baby teeth. Plus, when exposing a young animal to a positive dental experience, you set the groundwork for further acceptance and dental success through life.
Components of Care
It’s true that brushing at home, paired with professional cleanings, help mitigate any possible dental disease. However, x-rays are crucial to understanding the extent of decay. With most of the problems existing beneath the gum line, we need to see the damage in order to treat it. When pets are anesthetized for their cleaning or treatment, we recommend taking x-rays to get the full picture.
Our staff is always here to help you with your continued efforts toward pet dental care. Remember, it’s painful for a pet to experience dental disease, broken teeth, abscesses, and other problems associated with poor hygiene. Because of this, we’re happy to discuss whether or not you think your pet would benefit from the vaccination to help prevent dental disease.