Pet dental care is just as vital for pets as it is for humans. Did you know that by age three, approximately half of all dogs and cats in the US will have some form of gum disease? Gum disease is an inflammatory condition of the oral cavity where calculus (hardened plaque and tartar) accrues under the gum line, releasing harmful bacteria that attack the tooth root and surrounding tissues. In some cases, the bacteria can even enter the bloodstream and affect the heart, liver, lungs, and kidneys.
How Regular Dental Cleaning Keeps
While gum disease can be a very real concern for pets, this condition is easily preventable. Brushing your pet’s teeth daily, supplementing their care with oral chews and treats, and having their teeth examined annually will keep their mouth clean and healthy. Ask us about how often your pet should have professional dental cleanings.
The goal of pet dental care is to prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can greatly affect your pet’s health. By reducing plaque and tartar buildup and checking for underlying dental issues, we prevent irreversible damage to your pet’s teeth and bones.
Signs Your Pet May Have Gum Disease
Pets cannot tell us when they are in pain. In fact, they will try to conceal painful symptoms due to natural instinct. Changes in your pet’s behavior can be red flags that something is off with their health. Symptoms that could indicate the onset or progression of gum disease include:
- Excessive drooling
- Red, inflamed gums
- Loose/broken teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Bad breath
- Facial swelling
- Pawing at the face and mouth
- Dropping food from mouth
- Difficulty chewing
Schedule your pet’s wellness check, including a full oral examination today!
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