Better Than the Alternative: Is Pet Dental Care Really Worth it?
In our day and age, the concept of prevention has a lot going for it. Sure, it’s not anything new, but the idea of caring for present health in order to positively impact the future is made easier by an endless variety of treatments, supplements, and lifestyles. By preserving what’s good for as long as possible, we hope to have many comfortable, healthy years ahead of us – and the same is true for our pets.
Pet dental care is definitely one of the ways you can ensure a safe, healthy, and happy future for your pet.
Why Brush and Floss?
Imagine not brushing and flossing your teeth every day…yikes! Not only would we have bad breath, but the naturally occuring bacteria from the food we eat would begin to form plaque on the teeth and gums. Unfortunately, that’s what happens in a pet’s mouth between brushings and professional cleanings.
Cause and Effect
Plaque eventually hardens into tartar, which leads to oral inflammation and infection in the gums. Periodontal disease occurs when the bacteria slip beneath the gum line and begin to destroy the bone and tissue structure in the mouth. The result? Among other things, broken, loose, or missing teeth.
The Naked Eye
Periodontal disease can be challenging to identify. Animals are highly skilled at hiding pain, which is why you should keep an eye out for the following red flags:
- Foul breath
- Eating without chewing, problems picking up food
- Not eating at all
- Red, irritated, or inflamed gums
- Chewing on just one side of the mouth
- Obvious pain
- Lumps or bumps in the mouth
Allowing periodontal disease to get worse can result in extensive and expensive pet dental care procedures down the road. Also, oral bacteria can seep into the bloodstream and damage major organs.
When we examine your pet during their routine wellness exam, we always look inside the mouth. If we see tartar or other oral issues, we will customize a dental treatment plan for your pet which will include; professional cleaning, exam ,and x-rays to be completed under anesthesia.
Cleanings without anesthesia do not address the bacteria beneath the gum line, which is where problems generally exist. Plus, it’s often uncomfortable and stressful for an animal to endure dental work while awake.
We work hard to ensure every safety measure is met regarding pet anesthesia, and we work closely with you to answer any questions or concerns.
Pet Dental Care Between Visits
The majority of pets age 3 and older have periodontal disease in one form or another. That’s why it’s best to schedule cleanings once a year to keep this disease at bay.
In addition to annual cleanings, you can add at home dental care with regular tooth brushings. We may also recommend using products approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council, such as treats, chews, and sprays to keep plaque and tartar from gaining a foothold inside your pet’s mouth.
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