Just like us, dogs need to have their teeth cleaned! Within your pet’s mouth, bacteria can quickly build up and cause a number of problems. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent these issues from occurring.
Why are Regular Veterinary Cleanings Important?
Having regular veterinary check-ups and cleanings is important for the health of your dog’s teeth and gums. At these check-ups, the veterinarian can detect any problems early on. They may also recommend that you brush your dog’s teeth or give them dental chews to help keep their mouths healthy.
Neglecting your pet’s dental health can lead to tooth pain, decay, and loss of teeth. They can also develop conditions such as gingivitis, periodontal disease, and bad breath without proper care.
What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?
During your pet’s dental cleaning, the veterinarian will examine the teeth and gums. X-rays may also be taken to detect any root problems or other issues. They can then clean and polish the teeth using ultrasonic scaling equipment. The vet may also perform extractions if necessary.
Common Dental Issues in Pets
Plaque is one of the most common issues in dogs, and it builds up quickly with poor dental hygiene. Plaque is a sticky substance that accumulates on the teeth and gums and can lead to tartar buildup. This buildup can cause inflammation in the gums, which can then lead to periodontal disease. The bacteria from plaque and tartar also have the potential to enter your pet’s bloodstream, causing infections in other organs, such as the heart.
Additionally, bad breath can be a sign that your pet’s teeth are not being taken care of properly. This is because the bacteria in their mouth produce an unpleasant odor.
Taking care of your dog’s teeth and gums should be part of your routine pet care regime. By brushing their teeth regularly, providing dental chews, and taking them to the veterinarian for regular check-ups and cleanings, you can help keep your pet’s mouth healthy.
By being proactive about your pet’s dental health, you can prevent more serious issues from arising in the future. Dental health is important to overall animal wellness, so don’t forget to add it to your pet care routine.
This Dental Awareness Month, show your pet some extra love and get them the dental care they need! Schedule your dental cleaning at the Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro today!