Dental disease is one of the most common health problems in pets and can lead to a variety of other health issues if left untreated. Fortunately, there are many things pet owners can do to help keep their furry friends’ teeth healthy and free from dental disease. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some ways you can make pet dental care a priority for your pet in 2022.
#1: Most pets have some form of dental disease, which makes dental care essential
It is estimated that more than 80% of pets have some form of dental disease by age 3, so it’s unlikely your pet has a healthy mouth. As your pet ages, they are even more likely to develop a dental disease if no preventive measures are taken.
#2: Untreated dental disease can be exceptionally painful for pets
If left untreated, oral bacteria can cause painful gingivitis, loose teeth, tooth root abscesses, and jawbone loss. Many pets hide dental disease signs until it becomes too painful to eat, at which point they may need teeth extracted or extensive oral surgery. Regular at-home and professional dental care can keep your pet comfortable and healthy and help prevent potentially costly problems.
#3: Dental disease can cause systemic infections in your pet
Plaque is a sticky bacterial film that forms on your pet’s teeth within hours after a meal. The bacteria accumulate over time and can leach into your pet’s bloodstream, seeking out their heart and kidneys. Oral bacteria particularly like to attach to the heart valves and can cause serious disease.
#4: Brushing your pet’s teeth can be a fun experience
Brushing your pet’s teeth doesn’t have to be a struggle. Instead, take it slow and arm yourself with flavored pet toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush or finger brush. Allow your pet to lick off the toothpaste before trying to brush their teeth, and they’ll soon catch on to this rewarding experience.
Does your furry companion have stinky breath? If so, it’s time for your pet’s oral health exam. Give our team a call to schedule an appointment.