Pet Dental Care
Oral Health for our Pets
Good dental pet care is an important part of good general health for your pet.
Why is dental health important?
- Oral disease over time leads to heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and lung disease.
- Good oral health increases the life expectancy of our pets
- Dental disease hurt, we often do not see how much this effects our pets
- Dental disease leads to bad breath
- Poor dental care leads to tooth lose
Signs of dental disease in dogs and cats
- Bad smelling odor from mouth
- Discolored teeth or teeth covered in tartar
- Gum inflammation
- Loose teeth
- Painful mouth, pet may shy away from you when you tough the mouth area
- Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Loss of appetite or weight loss
Prevention of Dental disease
- Regular professional cleaning
- Dental x-rays to see the entire tooth
- Regular veterinary exams and pet health consultations
- Brushing teeth – at least once every other day
- Dental treats
- Only use products that are Accepted by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) and has their seal of approval.
- Hills Prescription Diet T/D
- Oral rinses
Cautions and important information
- Anesthesia free dental cleanings
- Sometimes offered by well-meaning yet naïve animal enthusiasts such as groomers
- A through effective cleaning must get under the gum line
- Need for a complete dental evaluation
- A complete evaluation must examine under the gum line and have radiographs (x-rays) to evaluate the entire tooth.
- Pulling teeth vs. extractions
- Pulling teeth is when the tooth has become so diseased over time that the roots are no long effective at holding the tooth in place. Dental disease is usually very advanced.
Extraction is dental surgery to remove a diseased tooth such as a tooth root abscess and often entails procedures such and gingival flaps and sometimes diseased bone.