We know that our patients with families keep an eye out for the oral health of each of their family members — and we hope this extends to pets! Caring for your pets’ oral hygiene is an important way to ensure they live a long and healthy life. Today, we’ve put together some information to help put you on the path of caring for your pet’s pearly whites.
Why Is Good Oral Hygiene Important for Pets?
Much like with humans, good oral hygiene can prevent a variety of dental problems for pets. Without proper care, pets can develop dental disease that causes bad breath, tooth loss, and difficulty chewing. This can result in a very unhappy pet, not to mention some hefty veterinary bills!
How Can You Care for Your Pet’s Oral Hygiene?
The best time to begin caring for your pet’s teeth is while they are young. This way, you can establish tooth brushing as a habit. For optimal results, you should brush your pet’s teeth once a day. Always use toothpaste designed for your pet, as human toothpaste can be poisonous to animals.
How Often Does Your Pet Need a Professional Tooth Cleaning?
While we recommend that our patients visit Dr. Cutting once every six months for regular dental cleanings and exams, pets should receive a professional tooth cleaning every year or so. This typically requires anesthesia to allow your veterinarian to clean below the gumline — the place dental disease typically occurs.
What Are Signs That Your Pet Has a Dental Problem?
If your pet has bad breath, a broken or discolored tooth, a sudden change in appetite, or bleeding and swelling in the mouth, these are all signs that your pet needs dental care as soon as possible.
Whether a family member or a pet, good oral hygiene and regular professional dental care are the best way to avoid many dental issues. To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next visit to our office, call us today!