Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. Dental (periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. Common signs of dental disease include:
• Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
• Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
• Bad breath
• Excessive drooling
• Changes in eating or chewing habits
• Pawing at the face
• Loose teeth
Even if your dog doesn’t have these symptoms, we recommend that you have a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year.
What types of canine dental care services are offered at your hospital?
We offer complete dental scale and polish, extractions, crown amputations and dental x-rays to be able to see the health of the tooth roots.
How often should I brush my dog’s teeth?
Ideally, once daily is recommended. Even if you can only brush two or three times a week, it will be of benefit for your dog.
Why is oral and dental health important?
Oral and dental health prevent dental diseases such as teeth abscessation and stinky breath. Left untreated, dental disease can lead to cardiovascular disease, sepsis and liver disease.
Schedule your pet’s dental exam today! We can also show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and recommend foods and treats that will help combat plaque and tartar buildup.