GOOD DENTAL HYGIENE IS NECESSARY FOR PETS
Dental disease is one of the most common health issues among dogs and cats in the United States. The American Veterinary Dental Society estimates that four out of five pets over the age of three are suffering from some type of dental issue, like periodontal disease. If left untreated, dental diseases cause other health issues and complications, such as pain, tooth loss and organ damage. Because our pets can’t tell us when something is wrong, it’s important for pet parents to know the warning signs of dental disease. Some of the major symptoms of dental disease include:
- Loose Teeth – Loose teeth in adult dogs and cats points to dental trauma or severe oral infection
- Gum Inflammation – Gum inflammation is often the earliest sign of periodontal disease in pets
- Bad Breath – Bad breath is not normal and almost always indicates the presence of a dental infection
- Cysts Under the Tongue – Cysts occurring under the tongue are often due to infection, trauma or a foreign object lodged in the tongue’s soft tissue
TAKING CARE OF YOUR PET’S DENTAL NEEDS
Proactive dental care, including regular teeth brushing and providing dental-friendly treats, along with routine professional cleanings help prevent tarter buildup that leads to gingivitis and oral infection. If left untreated, bacteria under the pet’s gum line can make their way into the bloodstream and damage internal organs, like the liver, heart, lungs and kidneys, shortening the pet’s lifespan by up to 25%. Routine dental care is a simple, effective way to keep your pet happy and healthy!
If it’s been a while since your pet had a dental checkup and cleaning, now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment with us.