Dental care for pets may sound like a luxury, but it is actually a very important part of your pet’s health. Dental health has an effect on more than just your pet’s breath. It can impact the health of your pet’s internal organs which means dental care for pets warrants serious consideration. Many people neglect dental care for pets because they don’t realize how quickly plaque and tartar can lead to gum disease.
When it comes to dental care for pets, according to my pediatric dentist, their teeth work much the same as our teeth. They develop plaque which can build up over time. Plaque is a bacterial film that develops over the tooth and hardens into a substance known as tartar. The plaque is easy to remove when it is soft, but becomes more difficult to dislodge once it develops into tartar. If plaque spreads throughout the pet’s teeth, it can lead to the gum disease gingivitis. This leads to inflamed gums that are red and may bleed. If you look at your pet’s teeth and see signs of gingivitis, it means your pet is in serious need of dental care. Gingivitis can be painful for your pet. If it is not treated, it can lead to periodontal disease. The pet’s teeth can become loose and extremely painful.
Most veterinarians recommend a simple dental care plan for pets. Regular examinations by your veterinarian will help you determine the ongoing state of your pet’s dental health. Your veterinarian will also recommend regular cleanings, probably on a yearly or every other year basis for dogs and cats. These regular cleanings ensure good dental care for pets. Tooth brushing is also an important tool in dental care for pets. Chew toys for dogs can also help clean the teeth. There are oral care treats for cats that can help prevent the buildup of plaque.