Dental care is often the most neglected area in pets’ lives. Because of this, dental disease is the primary illness that veterinarians diagnose. Pets need to have their teeth brushed regularly, have professional dental cleanings, and can benefit from dental chews to keep their teeth sparkling.
What are the signs of dental disease?
One of the main signs of dental disease is bad breath which is often overlooked. Really bad breath is not normal for pets. Other signs that your pet has dental problems include loose teeth, brown or yellow buildup on their teeth, red or swollen gums, chewing on one side, and blood on their chew toys. Be sure to contact your veterinarian immediately when you notice these signs. Schedule an appointment with us at 289-278-6001.
What causes my pet to have dental disease?
Dental disease refers to various health issues in the mouth. It begins with bacteria mixing with saliva and food particles to form plaque. Plaque is a thin film covering the teeth, giving them a yellow tint. Over time plaque will harden and become tartar which cannot be removed with brushing. If your pet’s teeth aren’t cleaned professionally, they are at risk of developing infections and possibly losing their teeth, and developing other health problems.
How often should I brush my pet’s teeth?
Ideally, you should brush your pet’s teeth daily. To get them accustomed to this practice, we encourage pet owners to start when their pet is young. You should only use a pet-safe toothbrush and toothpaste to clean their teeth. Ask your veterinarian to demonstrate the proper technique to brush their teeth.