Do you brush your pets' teeth? Chances are, you are among the majority of pet owners and do not brush your pets' teeth as a daily routine.
If you do - Great Job!
Signs of Oral Disease
In most cases, owners are not aware there is a problem until they notice the bad breath or trouble eating. However; the infection and build-up of plaque and tartar has already started damaging the teeth and surrounding gum tissue. If left untreated, the plaque and tartar continue to collect and push against the gum tissue causing red, swollen, and sometimes bleeding gums. This can cause the teeth to decay, loosen, and/or fall out which then allows the bacteria and infection to enter the bloodstream and travel to the rest of the body, causing additional health concerns. It is best to check your pets' teeth and gums periodically for any issues and have a thorough dental exam every six months by your veterinarian. However; if you notice any of the above symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with you veterinarian as soon as possible.
During a dental cleaning, your veterinarian:
Although daily brushing, with a specially formulated toothpaste, is the best prevention of oral disease, there are many other ways to help prevent or delay the need for a full dental cleaning. The most convenient is to feed a dental diet food, which has specially designed kibble to maximize the need to chew and specifically formulated ingredients to help break down the build-up of plaque before it can develop into tartar. A few examples would be Hill's Prescription Diet t/d and Hill's Healthy Advantage Adult Oral Plus. Another convenient method is dental chews and treats with specially formulated ingredients to break down the plaque. A few proven favorites are Greenies Pet Treats, C.E.T. Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews, Hill's Prescription Diet Dental Care Chews, and OraVet Dental Hygiene Chews.
It is NEVER too late to start a dental care routine for your pet!
Logue's TLC Pet Hospital is committed to providing exceptional service to our clients, while maintaining the highest standard of medical care to their pets. This commitment includes taking the time to educate our clients and making sure they understand the diagnosis and treatment that has been prescribed.