Just like people your pets could also have dental issues. About 85% of all pets have periodontal disease by the age of 3. It is a progressive disease that leads to early tooth loss, gingivitis, and a bacterial infection that can infect the heart, kidneys, and liver. It begins with plaque buildup on the teeth which contains bacteria and food particles. The plaque hardens into tartar which causes inflammation. Good dental care is so critical to your pet’s overall health. Practicing good dental care with your pet would prevent tooth loss, bad breath, oral pain, organ damage and worsening dental disease.
Signs of dental disease include:
Refusal or inability to eat and drink
How to remove plaque from pet’s teeth:
A professional dental cleaning performed by a veterinarian is recommended to remove plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth. During the cleaning the health of the entire mouth is assessed. The cleaning is performed under general anesthesia to keep your pet free of pain during the procedure and allows your veterinarian to fully inspect the teeth and remove the tartar under the gums.
Based in the health of your pet’s mouth the dental may include:
Removal of visible plaque and tartar from the teeth
Elimination of plaque and tartar from under the gums
Removal of any broken, loose or infected teeth
How to prevent plaque build-up on pet’s teeth:
There are a number of steps that may be taken at home to keep your pet’s teeth clean and prevent tartar and plaque buildup.
Daily Brushing- brushing your pet’s teeth every day with a pet toothpaste
Dental diets- larger kibbles to provide abrasive action against the tooth surface when chewed