Dental care is an important part of your pet’s overall health! Did you know that dental disease can actually lead to problems with your pet’s organs, such as the heart? Pets that do not receive regular dental attention may suffer from: bad breath, broken or loose teeth, extra teeth or retained baby teeth, teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar, abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth, reduced appetite or refusal to eat, pain in or around the mouth, bleeding from the mouth or swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth. If your pet experiences any of these symptoms, it is important to call your veterinarian right away for a dental exam.
As a general rule, we recommend visiting our animal hospital for a dental checkup and cleaning at least once per year. Like us humans, the best way to prevent dental problems is with regular brushing and through the use of other preventative tools such as dental chews, water additives and more. During your pet’s annual checkup, the veterinarian can show you proper brushing methods and techniques, and provide you with information you need to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. For pets who are already showing signs of tooth decay, gum disease or other oral health concerns, follow up visits may be recommended.