Just like you and me, our pets need regular dental care to maintain a healthy mouth and teeth. When dental health is neglected, many pets end up with dental disease, which can be very painful. In fact, dental disease is very common, with over 80% of dogs and 70% of cats affected by age three. The best way to prevent dental disease is by taking care of your pet’s teeth through proper at-home care and regular dental visits.
The best way to prevent dental disease is with daily tooth brushing. When bacteria and food debris are allowed to accumulate around the teeth, they harden into plaque and deteriorate the surface of the tooth. This is very painful for your pet, and if left untreated can lead to tooth loss, gum disease, and infection of other organs in the body. Regular tooth brushing removes bacteria and food debris before it can harden, saving your pet’s teeth.
It can be hard to fit in a tooth brushing every day, but brushing even one or two times a week makes a big difference over not brushing at all! There are also a wide variety of dental chews and treats you can offer your pet that help break down plaque on the surface of the teeth.
We prioritize regular visits to the dentist – why shouldn’t we do the same for our pets? During your pet’s dental visit, your veterinarian will carefully examine your pet’s teeth for signs of dental disease. If concerns are detected, your veterinarian may recommend further dental work, such as a professional cleaning or oral surgery, to correct any issues. Your dental exam is also a great time for your veterinarian to show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and recommend foods and treats to combat plaque build-up.