Your Pet’s Oral Health is Very Important

Your Pet’s Oral Health is Very Important

Oral health is extremely important to the overall health of your pet. Depending on which study you read, between 78 and 85 percent of pets have some form of periodontal disease by the time they are three years old that continues to worsen as they grow older. Periodontal disease can also cause other health problems affecting your pet’s kidney, liver and heart.

Just as on our own teeth, periodontal disease begins when food particles and bacteria combine to form plaque on teeth, becoming tartar if it is not removed. The gums become inflamed and tissues are damaged.

Take your pet to the vet at least once each year to keep your pet’s teeth in tip-top shape. She will examine your pet’s teeth and gums and may recommend a dental cleaning or other procedures if they are necessary.

A dental cleaning is performed while your pet is under anesthesia. The American Veterinary Dental College does not recommend dental cleanings without anesthesia. Anesthesia allows the vet to thoroughly inspect the teeth and areas below the gumline. It also minimizes pain for your pet.

During a dental cleaning, your pet’s teeth will be scaled (just like the dental hygienist removes plaque from your teeth) and polished. At the conclusion of the cleaning, an application of a dental gel seals teeth. Careful notes are recorded to monitor dental disease, and the entire mouth of your pet is examined.

Following is a list to help you determine if your pet needs a dental check-up as soon as possible:

  1.  Does your pet have stinky breath?
  2.  Are your pet’s teeth covered in tartar?
  3.  Does your pet have broken or loose teeth?
  4.  Is your pet irritable when you touch his mouth?
  5.  Does your pet bleed from his gums?
  6.  Does your pet paw at his mouth?

After your pet’s teeth have been cleaned, do your best to keep them clean. Brushing your pet’s teeth every day is the best method, but if this is not possible, there are products available to help decrease the buildup of plaque on his teeth. There are a lot of products available in the marketplace, but they are not all effective. Talk with your veterinarian for her recommendations.

During February, bring your pet for a dental procedure and receive 10% off the price of the procedure AND choose a complimentary home dental care product to help keep your pet’s teeth clean.

Because dental procedures are performed under anesthesia, an exam and blood test are required to ensure your pet is healthy enough to have the procedure. Call (847) 683-4788 to schedule an appointment today!

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