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!

9 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. That is interesting that in pets, periodontal disease symptoms can be bad breath or reduced appetite. Maybe it would be good to look out for that in my dog. Soon I am going to have to take them to the veterinarian to get some dental work done just to make sure.

  5. Jenna Hunter says:

    I really liked how you mentioned that cleaning your pet’s teeth can help relieve pain from chewing. This would be really helpful for our older dog Sumo who is having some trouble chewing his food. I’m going to take him to the vet as soon as I can to see if there is anything else he needs.

  6. Bill says:

    Great pet health article for how to take care of pet dental care. Do you know of any updated pet dental care in 2019? Thank you for the tips.

  7. It makes sense how you said that a pet’s teeth can develop diseases if you let the bacteria grow and develop. If that were to happen then it would be a good idea to get in touch with a veterinarian service to ensure that they can get cleaned. That way you can keep your pet healthy and happy!

  8. Thanks for explaining that professional dental cleaning actually can remove bacteria from under the gums. To me, professionals would be important to use for this because they’ll have training in how and where to look and clean. I’ll have to look more into pet dental cleaning.

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