Regular dental visits are important to humans, but did you know they’re also important for your pets? Like us, pets need routine dental care to maintain their pearly whites.
The key to managing dental disease is prevention. Daily brushing is best, but it’s not always possible and brushing several times a week can be effective. Feeding dry dental diets or dental chews may slow the development of recurrent periodontal disease. Brushing teeth can be difficult, which is why early training is important.
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDA), dental disease is the number one health issue affecting 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of three.
Bringing your pets in at least once per year for a dental visit with our veterinarians can help provide insight into your pet's oral health.
Poor oral hygiene doesn't just cause bad breath, it can lead to tooth loss, bone loss in the jaw potentially leading to a fracture, painful abscesses, and difficulty eating among other things. Other serious health problems also originate from dental disease such as heart, kidney, and liver disease due to the high bacteria volume that circulates in the blood from plaque and tartar accumulation. In fact, good dental hygiene can add two to four years to your pet’s life!
Our veterinarians use general anesthesia to perform dental cleanings and perform many of the same procedures as human dentists, including polishing, full mouth radiographs, extractions, and even bonding.
Please call us to schedule an appointment if you’d like one of our veterinarians to check out your pet’s teeth!