It’s easy to let dental care for your pet fall by the wayside, especially during the busy holiday season. But with the New Year now underway, it’s time to make pet dental care a priority! By ensuring your pet has regular check-ups and cleanings, you can help keep their teeth healthy and avoid costly (and painful) dental problems down the road. So make an appointment with your veterinarian today and get started on a happy and healthy New Year for your pet!
#1: Most pets have some form of dental disease, which makes dental care essential
It is estimated that more than 80% of pets have some form of dental disease by age 3, so it’s unlikely your pet has a healthy mouth. As your pet ages, they are even more likely to develop a dental disease if no preventive measures are taken.
#2: Untreated dental disease can be exceptionally painful for pets
If left untreated, oral bacteria can cause painful gingivitis, loose teeth, tooth root abscesses, and jawbone loss. Many pets hide dental disease signs until it becomes too painful to eat. At this point, they may need teeth extracted or extensive oral surgery. Regular at-home and professional dental care can keep your pet comfortable and healthy and help prevent potentially costly problems.
#3: Dental disease can cause systemic infections in your pet
Plaque is a sticky bacterial film that forms on your pet’s teeth within hours after a meal. The bacteria accumulate over time and can leach into your pet’s bloodstream, seeking out their heart and kidneys. Oral bacteria particularly like to attach to the heart valves and cause serious disease.
#4: Brushing your pet’s teeth can be a fun experience
Brushing your pet’s teeth doesn’t have to be a struggle. Instead, take it slow and arm yourself with flavored pet toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush or finger brush. Allow your pet to lick off the toothpaste before trying to brush their teeth, and they’ll soon catch on to this rewarding experience.