Dental Hygiene Matters
We recommend that all pets have their dental health evaluated once each year. Dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. In fact, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats will have dental disease by age three.
- Dental scaling and polishing
- Dental x-rays
- Dental extractions
When bacteria in the mouth is left unchecked, it can lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery. Additionally, bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart.
Common signs of dental disease include:
- Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Pawing at the face
- Loose teeth
Imagine going your entire life without brushing your teeth. For pets, this is an all-too-frequent reality, and it can significantly impact their overall health and quality of life.
Call us to schedule your pet’s dental exam today. At your pet’s appointment, our caring staff can also show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and recommend foods and treats that will help combat plaque and tartar buildup between visits.