Why Pet Dentistry Is So Important
Just like humans, dental health is very important for pets. Unfortunately, pets rarely receive the proper dental care needed which can lead to many problems including periodontal disease. Around 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will have periodontal disease by the time they are three years old. This is an alarming statistic and can be avoided by properly caring for your pet's teeth. At McClelland Small Animal Hospital, our pet dentist strives to help pet owners understand the need for proper dental care in their pets by providing the information needed.
Periodontal disease affects the teeth, gums and structures that support and surround your pet's teeth. It is caused by a build-up of bacteria in the mouth. The bacteria forms a film over the teeth, called plaque, and as the bacteria dies, the teeth become calcified due to the calcium in your pet's saliva. Tartar, the calcified plaque, can cause infection in the teeth, eventually leading to periodontal disease if it's not taken care of. The tissue around the tooth will become destroyed which can make the tooth loose.
Signs of dental disease include:
Broken or loose teeth
Painful and bleeding mouth
Refusal or inability to eat and drink
Pawing at the face
Why Is Dental Care Important?
As a pet parent, you want the best for your furry friend. Seeing them in pain and unhappy can is heartbreaking. To prevent lost teeth, bad breath, oral pain, and more, it is important to bring your pet in for annual check-ups. During these routine examinations, our doctors will exam the health of your pet's teeth and provide you with the best solution. Annual professional dental cleanings are encouraged to keep your pet's teeth clean. If you choose to not take care of your pet's dental health, it could lead to other issues such as organ damage which could lead to death. Good dental care can prevent dental disease from becoming severe.
What Can You Do?
Not only will routine dental cleanings help, but at-home dental care is recommended as well including:
Brushing teeth- If your pet allows you to, it is important to brush their teeth a few days a week to maintain good oral health. Use a safe pet toothpaste. This is the best way to slow dental problems.
Dental treats- If you pet does not like getting their teeth brushed, you can try dental treats.
Dental toys- There are durable toys on the market that help clean your pet's teeth and freshen their breath.
Food- Feeding your pet dry food may slow the development of recurrent periodontal disease.
Call Us Today!
If you notice your pet is showing signs of dental disease, contact McClelland Small Animal Hospital. Our veterinarians, serving the Buffalo, Tonawanda, Cheektowaga, and Lancaster, NY areas, will examine your furry friend and provide you with the best solution. All of our dental procedures require x-rays to look for abnormal pathology. For more information, give us a call today!