Why Is Pet Dental Care Important?

Why Is Pet Dental Care Important?

When it comes to keeping your pet’s teeth clean, you need to regularly care for them, just like you do with your own teeth. If you never brushed your teeth, you would have health problems. The same is true if you never cared for your pet’s teeth. The good news is that you don’t have to do it yourself. Your furry friend’s veterinarian can help you care for your pet’s teeth.

What if I Never Clean My Pet’s Teeth?

Dental disease happens when bacteria-containing plaque builds up on your pet’s teeth. This can harden into tartar and weaken your pet’s teeth. Dental disease may cause painful chewing, bad breath and even complications to vital organs, such as the kidneys, heart, or liver. Some studies have shown that of all pets, about 85 percent of them have a form of periodontal disease by the age of three.

To remove tartar and plaque from your pet’s mouth, you will need to get a regular professional dental cleaning for your pet. Your pet’s vet will also look at the health of your pet’s teeth. During this visit, your vet can give you tips that are specific to your pet as well. This could be anything from toothpaste recommendations to getting your pet to sit still for home dental care. The good news is that you can lengthen the time between professional cleanings with at-home dental care.

How to Care for Your Pet’s Teeth

Keeping your pet’s teeth clean involves both home care and professional cleanings. There are several things you can do to help your pet have healthy teeth. You can brush their teeth a few times a week to help them maintain healthy teeth. You should never use toothpaste for humans, however. There are types of toothpaste that are designed to be used for pets. Your vet can help you choose the right one.

You can get dental treats for cats and dogs. Not all pets will tolerate having their teeth brushed. Dental treats are a good substitute for teeth brushing and can keep your pet’s teeth plaque-free. For dogs, you can get dental toys. Some of these dog toys are designed to keep your dog’s teeth clean and the breath fresh. The toys are designed to be durable.

Your pet will also need to get professional cleanings. Usually, these happen about once a year. However, your vet may recommend that your pet have their teeth cleaned more or less. The cleaning will usually require that your pet is under general anesthesia. This will allow the vet to clean both above and below your pet’s gumline. That will help the entire mouth to be clean.

If you have questions about how to care for your pet’s teeth, one of our staff members at 4 Paws Veterinary Hospital in Duffield, VA, would be happy to assist you. We can help you figure out options for your pet’s dental routine. Make an appointment with our office today to learn more.

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