Why Your Pet Needs Routine Dental Care

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Dental health is an important part of your pet’s overall health. Just like humans, pets require regular dental checkups, preventative care, and routine teeth cleaning. With neglect, pets can suffer from plaque buildup, gum disease, cavities, and even loss of teeth. The veterinarians at Falls Road Veterinary Hospital believe preventing disease is just as important as keeping a healthy diet and exercise regime for your pets.

How to Know When Your Pet Needs a Dental Cleaning

Your pet’s mouth is home to a swarm of bacteria, and when left unchecked, they can multiply and grow into dangerous diseases. These impact not only your pet’s mouth, but can carry over to other vital organs that keep your pet healthy. Periodontal disease the most common condition occurring in adult dogs and cats. Some symptoms include:

      • bad breath
      • broken or loose teeth
      • extra teeth or retained baby teeth
      • reduced appetite or refusal to eat
      • bleeding from the mouth
      • swelling around areas of the mouth
      • discolored teeth

Most dogs and cats will develop this disease by the age of 3; the good news is that it is completely preventable. With regular dental cleanings, periodontal disease can be avoided and resolved.

Benefits of Dental Cleaning

A professional dental cleaning removes visible plaque and tartar on the teeth, as well as bacteria under the gums. This eliminates potential sources of infection to the mouth and other organs. Regular dental cleanings can also:

      • Help with bad breath
      • Relieve pain from chewing
      • Decrease the amount of drool
      • Remove visible plaque and tartar
      • Keep your pet’s teeth healthy and strong throughout their lifetime

Getting your pet’s teeth examined on a regular basis, at least annually, can also help your veterinarian catch any other dental diseases your pet may be developing. Early detection, prevention, and treatment of dental disease helps prevent expensive and stressful procedures down the road, such as oral surgery and tooth extraction.

Prevent Dental Disease

The good news is dental disease is completely preventable. We recommend brushing your pet’s teeth at home, feeding them a healthy diet, and bringing your pet to Falls Road Veterinary Hospital at least once a year for a dental check-up.

In honor of Pet Dental Health Month, the team at Falls Road Veterinary Hospital invites you to get your pet a dental checkup. We provide a 20% discount on all dental related products and services for the entire month of February. Contact us today to make an appointment!

16 Responses

  1. Alex John says:

    Hi Allison, massive article for pets dental care

  2. It’s good to know that pet dental cleaning available at a veterinary hospital is necessary for pets to prevent diseases that can be transmitted when they get in contact with their owners. My friend has been noticing some discoloration on her dog’s teeth and began wondering what it’s about. I’ll share this with her so she can take her dog to the nearest veterinary hospital that offers dental care for pets.

  3. Millie Hue says:

    It’s the first time that we will be owning a dog, so each and everyone in our family is trying to research about ways to keep our pup healthy. I appreciate that you explained the dog’s oral health must be checked at least annually to prevent dental diseases from developing. You did a great job explaining the importance of proper dental care for dogs. Thanks!

  4. I thought it was shocking that cats and dogs could get dental diseases by three years old. My friend wants to get a dog, so I think that she would like to read this article. Do you have any tips for finding a great vet in her area?

  5. I like how you said that dental disease is preventable by brushing your animal’s teeth. Taking them to an animal dental care clinic would probably be a good idea as well. That way you can get a professional opinion on any additional action you need to take.

  6. I think it is important to realize that your oral health effects the other parts of your body. This is also true in your pets so you should be considerate of their dental health. I would find a vet that offers dental care as well.

  7. Ivanna Flint says:

    It was nice to know that regular dental checkups will allow the vet to remove the bacteria living in the gums and eliminate potential sources of infection. If that is the case, then I need to take my dog for a dental checkup. I have seen a part of his face swollen, and I am thinking that it is because of the gums. I thought that the problem would resolve itself, but I guess I was wrong.

  8. Millie Hue says:

    It’s awesome that this article talked about how taking our pets to the vet for a regular dental checkup can prevent oral diseases from developing through early detection. We just received a puppy from a family friend. The pup we got was the most sickly one of them all, so we have to make sure to take him to the vet as often as possible. We don’t know yet if it has problems with its oral health too, so we plan to look for a clinic this weekend to get him checked. Thanks for the information!

  9. I recently got my first dog and I am glad that I found this article because I had no idea that dental care is so important! You make a great point that regular dental cleanings can help to decrease the amount of drool that your dog has as well as helping with bad breath. Also, I think that regular checkups will save me money in the long run because the dentist will be able to take care of any problems before they become more serious and expensive.

  10. Ellie Davis says:

    Thank you for pointing out that dental care can help prevent dental disease in your dog. My husband and I just adopted a dog. I’ll have to look into finding a vet that can help us keep his teeth healthy.

  11. Hazel Owens says:

    That’s good to know that dental cleanings for your pet not only help clean the teeth but help remove bacteria from the gums to eliminate potential sources for infection of the mouth and organs. We have an American Eskimo and she’s been having pretty bad breath lately and I’m afraid she might have something wrong with her teeth. I’ll have to take her to a veterinary service to have her teeth cleaned and checked to make sure there are no infections.

  12. Hector Uba says:

    Thanks for talking about the benefits of having dental care for your pet and how it can help their health. I think that the biggest benefit is that you can help them with their pain when chewing because it is never fun to be in pain while chewing. My mom’s dog has been getting worse and worse breath lately; I will be sure to share these tips with her.

  13. It’s great that this article explains how improper dental care can lead to problems with other vital organs, not just your pet’s mouth. Since this is the case, it would probably be important to start regular dental cleaning as soon as possible. This could help you keep your dog’s teeth healthy and allow your pet’s dentist to notice any issues early on so that they can be treated before it spreads and causes problems for their overall health.

  14. My dad’s dog is not eating for a day now and refuses to open its mouth. It was explained here that his pet may need dental cleaning because of the reduced appetite and refusal to eat. Furthermore, it’s recommended to go to a trusted pet dentist for quality dental pet care.

  15. Joy Butler says:

    It makes sense that just like humans, a pet’s unclean mouth can result in bacteria that can cause some serious diseases. I have never taken my dog in to get his mouth checked, but I probably should. I will contact my vet and see what he recommends.

  16. That is really nice that getting my pets teeth examined can help prevent stressful procedures. Maybe that is something that I should be having done. My dog might need to get oral surgery since they haven’t been to the dentist in forever.

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