Why Dental Hygiene is Important For Pets

Why Pet Dental Health Is Important

As a pet owner, you should understand that your pet wants and needs to have a healthy mouth and teeth. Here are the main reasons why the dental health of your pet is so important:

  • Prevention of tooth loss. Proper dental care is needed to support your pet's teeth. It also ensures that the teeth-supporting structures remain healthy because they help to keep the teeth in place.
  • Prevention of oral pain. Oral pain caused by different dental diseases can be quite severe. If you do not want your beloved pet to suffer from it, you should take care of his teeth.
  • Prevention of internal diseases and organ damage. If the bacteria in plaque enters the bloodstream, it can spread to other organs, including the kidneys, liver, and heart. This process is called bacteremia and it can lead to the damages of organs and the development of serious diseases.

Common Pet Dental Problems

The most common dental issues in pets are the following:

  • Plaque and tartar. They develop as tan or brown colored deposits on pet's teeth.
  • Gingivitis. Inflammation of the gums.
  • Periodontal disease. If gingivitis is not treated, periodontal disease can occur by affecting the tissues surrounding the teeth.
  • Bad breath. If your pet has bad breath, it is time to see a doctor.

Issues Addressed With a Dental Exam

The purpose of a veterinarian during a dental exam is to diagnose any existing dental problems and perform a treatment if necessary. In most cases, the exam does not take more than 30 minutes.

Your pet's gums and teeth should be checked regularly - at least once a year. The pets with the history of dental problems and senior pets should see a veterinarian more often - at least twice a year.

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If your pet is experiencing any dental problems, our family pet clinic located in Murrieta, CA is ready to help. Our experienced veterinarian treats her patients with love and care and does her best to make them healthy and happy. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

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