Bad breath, brownish-yellow tartar buildup, swollen gums. If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms in your pet, it’s time for a dental cleaning. Since pets obviously can’t brush their own teeth, and some owners don’t know how to effectively brush their pets’ teeth, dental health is one of the most overlooked aspects of pets’ health. However, it should actually be one of the most important aspects, since untreated oral problems can cause gum disease and other health problems. To keep your pet’s mouth healthy and prevent gum disease, Kindness Animal Hospital in Cape Coral, FL recommends that they have a dental exam at least once a year and dental cleanings as needed.
Why Does My Pet Need Dental Care?
This is a question that many pet owners ask themselves because some think that the worst thing that can happen to a pet that DOESN’T have regular dental care is bad breath. But the truth is, poor oral hygiene can lead to far worse conditions than just bad breath. Tartar buildup can progress to gum disease, which can eventually affect the heart, livers, or kidneys, putting your furry friend’s life at risk.
According to the American Veterinary Dental College, more than half of all dogs and cats have some form of gum disease by just 3 years of age. Also keep in mind that many oral problems are accompanied with pain and may result in the need for teeth extractions. This is why it’s so critical to bring your pet to Kindness Animal Hospital at least once a year for a dental exam so we can determine if a comprehensive cleaning is necessary.
What Does a Pet Dental Cleaning Include?
For your pet’s safety, we perform all of our dental services under general anesthesia. We begin by first examining your pet and performing pre-anesthetic blood work to be sure that your pet is healthy enough for the procedure. The cleaning procedure itself begins with a thorough oral examination, followed by ultrasonic scaling and polishing. We also use digital dental X-rays to view below the gum line, since this is where many dental problems are found. We then document our findings to determine if advanced treatment is necessary.
How Can I Care for My Pet’s Teeth from Home?
It’s best to start brushing your dog’s or cat’s teeth from home during puppyhood/kittenhood, but it’s never too late to start. Always use a gentle, gradual approach when brushing your pet’s teeth. For the best results, we advise brushing your pet’s teeth several times a week. We can give you our recommendations on the best tooth brushes, pastes, chew toys, and other oral products to maintain your pet’s dental health from home. With regular at-home dental care, you can reduce or eliminate the risk of gum disease for your pet.
Schedule your pet’s dental exam at Kindness Animal Hospital in Cape Coral today and be proactive about their oral health.