According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease by the age of 3. It is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. Common signs of oral disease include tartar buildup, red and swollen gums, bad breath, changes in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face and generalized depression.
A veterinarian should evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. We recommend this because bacteria and food debris accumulates around a pet’s teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay results in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss.
There are other reasons why you should pay close attention to your pet’s dental health. Dental disease can affect other organs in the body: bacteria in the mouth can get into the blood stream and may cause serious kidney infections, liver disease, lung disease, and heart valve disease. Oral disease can also indicate that another disease process is occurring elsewhere in a pet’s body. A thorough physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if this is the case.
We can recommend and demonstrate preventative measures you can begin at home. Our wellness program emphasizes and explains how you can avoid costly dental procedures with your pet in the future.
After the teeth have been cleaned professionally there are many at home dental products to use as preventatives. Some pets don’t like their mouth touched and some don’t like to chew, just find the ones that fit your and your pet’s lifestyles.
- Brush with an enzymatic pet toothpaste if there is not much tartar buildup (CET Enzymatic toothpaste in many flavors)
- Apply enzymatic gel to the teeth to help remove plaque biofilm without brushing (Biotene Maintenance Oral Gel)
- Use Antibacterial water additive to inhibit odor causing bacteria (CET Aquadent or Biotene Water Additive)
- Give antibacterial rawhide dental chews to help breakup tartar buildup (CET Dental Chews)
- Spray antibacterial mouthwash along the teeth to inhibit bacteria (Dentahex Oral Rinse or Biotene Therapeutic Mouthwash)
- Feed a dental health food to encourage your pet to chew more and help “brush” (Hill’s T/D or Purina DH)
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