Proper dental care for pets and subsequently, a healthy mouth, is directly linked to a healthy immune system and a healthy heart in pets. Just like your dentist recommends you brush your teeth every day and have dental cleanings every year, your cat or dog needs the same attentive dental care. Clean teeth are a good sign that your pet not only has good dental care, but also overall healthcare.
You can help keep your pet healthy by scheduling regular dental check-ups at the vet. We recommend pet dental cleanings as needed for your pet, and can also give you tips on how to keep up with your pet’s teeth and overall dental care at home.
Without consistent dental care for pets, tartar and plaque buildup on pets’ teeth, and can cause odor, bacterial infection, painful calculi, and gum damage and disease within only a few years or just months. Severe dental infections can even lead to heart failure, kidney failure, liver damage, a suppressed immune system, and injury to other essential organs.
Most veterinarians recommend pet dental exams twice-a-year to check for injured teeth and damaged or recessed gums and to monitor the amount of tartar and calculi on your pet’s teeth. A yearly professional dental cleaning is usually sufficient to keep pets’ mouths healthy and fresh, especially if you’re taking good care of your cat or dog’s teeth at home.
Remember, your pet’s dental care is very important to his or her overall health, and we want to help you keep your pet happy and healthy! Please call us anytime with questions or concerns about your cat or dog’s dental health, and we’ll be happy to give you our best recommendations for your pet’s dental care. Or, call us and schedule a free dental exam.