Prevention: The Best Medicine
Dental care does not end with a visit to your veterinarian. You need to continue your veterinarian's good work at home. Brushing your pet's teeth is an important part of home pet dental care. There are many available products to help you with your home dental care.
Any member of our veterinary team can show you the proper method of brushing your pet's teeth as well as how to properly use any of our dental products.
The Importance of Dental Hygiene
Regular pet dental care does more than just keep your pet's breath fresh and clean. The Archvet pet dentists recommend regular dental cleanings and oral exams.
Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet's health and can often be the cause of serious illness. If left untreated, dental problems can lead to larger systemic issues in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart and liver. In fact, it is estimated that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop tooth and gum disease by the age of three years.
Dental disease and its serious consequences can be avoided by bringing your pet to your veterinarian for regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings. At Archvet Animal Hospital, these include ultrasonic teeth cleanings and digital dental X-rays, which can prevent or uncover dental issues before they become a health threat. Should we find a problem, we are more than capable of offering a wide range of dental procedures.
It is also important for you to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of pet dental problems, which include:
Bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
Red and swollen gums
Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
Loose or missing teeth