The statistics are staggering, 85% of pets over the age of 3 have some form of dental disease. Like humans, pets need regular dental care. Good oral health is important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, but it is also extremely important for the overall health of the pet. An infection in the mouth can lead to infection throughout the body, which can cause illness. Poor dental hygiene can lead to pets having kidney, heart and liver disease.
The photo above shows a before and after photo of a dog that had their teeth professionally cleaned. The picture on the left shows calculus (tartar) on the teeth. These hard, brown formations on the teeth are loaded with bacteria that are continuously swallowed by the pet. These bacteria then circulate through the pet’s blood stream (potentially causing damage to organs in its path). In addition, the development of calculus (tartar) can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss, gum infections and potentially, pain.
Poor oral health is a condition that can very easily be managed and even prevented. With knowledge, understanding, early intervention and routine care, your pet’s mouth can be a place free from disease, infection and pain.
Indications that your pet may be experiencing problems from dental disease:
Dental prophylaxis: Teeth cleaning and polishing performed by a trained veterinary professional can help prevent disease in your pet. What is included in having your pets teeth professionally cleaned?
Additional dental services that our hospitals provide:
Digital dental radiographs: Much of the dental disease that a pet can experience may lie below the pet’s visible gum line. To assist in identifying these often hidden oral issues, our hospital utilizes digital dental radiography with all dental prophylaxis (teeth cleaning).
Home dental care: Taking care of your pet’s teeth at home is easier than you might think. There are many products available to make the job easier. The first step is to identify which type of home dental care product will work best for you and your pet.
The general rule of pet home dental care: Good to chew, better to rinse, best to brush!