Did you know that improving your pet’s dental health can lengthen their life. It’s true! Dogs and cats that have better dental hygiene live an average of three to five years longer. Who wouldn’t want their pet to stick around longer? We know you do. If you’re ready to dive into improving your pet’s dental health, begin these steps today.
Step 1: Make An Appointment for Your Pet’s Dental Cleaning
Both your pet’s regular exams and dental cleanings make a world of difference in their dental health.
During your pet’s check-up, we’ll check their teeth, gums, jaw, and general mouth for infection or other issues. This also gives us a chance to check your dog for oral cancer. If we find one, we likely will recommend an extraction and cleaning right away.
As for your pet’s dental cleanings, we recommend that pets receive two cleanings per year. During your pet’s cleaning, we will scrape away plaque and tartar to clean along the gum line (where bacteria can wreak havoc on your pet’s overall health). We will also inspect your pet’s mouth more closely for any subtle signs of health concerns.
What will your pet do while we clean their teeth? Sleep. We use general anesthesia during dental cleanings and dental procedures, so pets don’t experience pain and stress during their appointments
Step 2: Stock Up On Toys and Treats that Promote Healthy Teeth
Plaque turns into tartar after about 24-hours. This means your pet should have the opportunity to clean their teeth daily to prevent long-term problems like gum disease.
Dogs and cats both benefit from dental treats and toys that brush their teeth as they chew. Using a water additive designed to loosen plaque can make these items more effective.
If your pet’s gums bleed while chewing on toys or after eating, make an appointment to see us.
Step 3: Recognize Signs of Dental Emergencies
Even with cleanings twice per year, your pet may need an additional appointment if an emergency comes up. What constitutes a dental emergency? Severe pain, inability to eat, a broken tooth, a cracked tooth, a laceration of the mouth, something stuck in the teeth or throat, or a broken jaw.
Less severe signs that your pet is due for a dental check-up and cleaning, include:
- Pawing the mouth
- Bleeding, swollen, or red gums
- Hesitancy to eat or not eating
- Discoloration along the gumline
- A disappearing tooth (cats only)
Give Your Pet a Reason to Smile
There’s no time like the present to make an appointment for your pet’s dental cleaning. We can give your pet a clean mouth for a longer, happier, more active life. When it comes to your pet’s oral health, we’re here to help.
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