Pet Dental Care: A Cornerstone of Good Health
When it comes to pets, it’s easy to underestimate the importance of dental hygiene – until you encounter a problem. Most pets have some form of dental disease by the age of 3, and without proper intervention, this can lead to pain, tooth loss, and major health complications later on.
Fortunately, all it takes to combat these sobering statistics is a little awareness and commitment. Let The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center help you change your pet’s life for the better with proper pet dental care!
Periodontal Disease 101
Without daily cleaning, your pet’s mouth can end up filled with bacteria. When combined with saliva and food particles on the teeth and gums, this can lead to the buildup of plaque and, eventually, tartar.
As plaque and tartar accumulate over time, sensitive tissues around the teeth become inflamed. If left untreated, dental disease will progress, causing tooth decay, tooth loss, pain, and infection. Bacteria from an infected mouth can leach into the bloodstream, causing widespread damage to the heart, lungs, and other major organs.
Pet Dental Care
If the thought of brushing your pet’s teeth sounds less-than-pleasant, you aren’t alone. Most pet owners rarely (if ever) brush their pet’s teeth, but a daily once-over with a pet-specific toothbrush and toothpaste is the best way to prevent dental problems later on.
Besides a good home care regimen, your pet should also receive a professional oral exam once a year (this can be part of their regular wellness checkup). A good oral exam can alert us to any signs of trouble and allows us to address problems early on before they become serious (and expensive).
We also recommend bringing your pet in for a checkup if you notice any of the following signs of periodontal disease:
- Bad breath
- Obvious tartar buildup
- Red or swollen gums
- Bleeding or loose teeth
- Excessive drooling
- Change in eating habits
- Pain around the mouth
- Swelling of the muzzle
It Begins With You
Thanks to continued advancements in veterinary medicine, our pets are living longer, healthier lives. There’s no reason you and your pet shouldn’t take advantage of the incredible wealth of knowledge we have when it comes to pet dental care. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information!
Take advantage of our current offer as we celebrate Pet Dental Health Month in February with 20% off dental cleanings! Book your appointment now!