Dental Health in Pets: The Importance
Dental health in pets is just as important as dental health in humans. Similar to humans, our pet’s teeth are very telling of overall health. We have been conditioned to brush our teeth twice daily, but your pet’s dental routine may be lacking.
What Are the Signs of Poor Dental Health in Pets?
- Bad breath
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Plaque or tartar-covered teeth
- Discolored teeth or gums
- Redness, swelling, or bleeding from the mouth
- Pain in the mouth
What Can I Do to Keep My Pet’s Teeth and Gums Healthy?
Veterinary professionals all agree to brush your pet’s teeth two to three times a week and a once-yearly dental exam is ideal. It may seem impossible to brush your pet’s teeth, but with the right amount of tasty pet-formulated toothpaste, patience, and praise, your pet will soon love their new routine!
Dental treats can be used in addition to regular brushing to keep your pet’s mouth at its healthiest. The act of chewing coupled with the treat’s texture loosens existing tarter and prevents future buildup. Dental treats come in a variety of flavors, sizes, and shapes ensuring that even the pickiest of pets will find one they love!
If daily brushing is just not working for you or your pet, that doesn’t mean you have failed as a pet parent. Any dental intervention is a step in the right direction.
I Can Deal with Bad Breath, Why Should I Worry About My Pet’s Teeth?
Your pet’s poor dental health may appear as bad breath, but it can lead to heart, liver, and kidney problems if left untreated. Not all dental problems are visible above the gum line and may require a veterinary evaluation. While they may appear to be perfectly healthy and pain-free, pets are notorious for hiding aches and pains.
If you are noticing your pet exhibiting any of the above symptoms, veterinary care may be needed to protect your pet’s overall health. For more information on your pet’s dental health or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!