The Importance of Pet Dental Care

Dental disease is the most common disease seen by veterinarians. 

Most pets over the age of 2 have some form of dental disease.  It is an often overlooked threat to the comfort and well being of your pet. 

Some signs of dental disease include bad breath, yellow, brown or discolored teeth, red inflamed gums, pain when eating, loose teeth and swollen mouth or jaws.   Dental disease can have a major impact on your pet's organs including the heart, liver, and kidneys. 

Following a wellness exam your vet may recommend a dental cleaning procedure, oral care, routine or special treatment based on your pet's specific dental needs.  Most dogs and cats after the age of 2 or 3 will need routine dental cleanings every 1 to 2 years.  Good oral hygiene habits at home, including brushing, dental chews or dental additives can dramatically increase the time needed between dental cleanings. 

Benefits for your pet include reduced plaque and tartar, decreased oral infections, prevention of bad breath and also help prevent heart, liver and kidney disease caused by dental disease.  Remember your pet has the same dental needs as you do. 

For further information please feel free to talk to your vet or technician about dental disease,  dental cleanings and at home dental care.