Dental care is a very important aspect of your pet’s overall health, and advances in veterinary dentistry over the past decade or so now allow us to perform many of the same procedures on animals that are already used in human dentistry. Good oral health is of vital importance to our pets if they are to remain healthy throughout their body. When there is infection or disease in the mouth, it can be spread easily to other areas of the body. For this reason, good dental health is critical and ongoing oral health should begin when your pet is very young. In veterinary medicine, it is often said that “the mouth is the window into the body.”
Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth
Believe it or not, it is possible to teach your pet to accept and even enjoy having their teeth brushed and cleaned on a regular basis. We encourage pet owners to regularly use products that enhance a healthy oral environment and decrease plaque and tartar buildup. While professional cleanings will remove buildup, it is important to provide on-going home care so that permanent bone damage does not occur. The best way to prevent this damage is to maintain your pet’s oral health on a regular basis.
Professional Pet Dental Care
No matter how well your pet’s oral health is maintained, eventually most dogs and cats will need a professional dental cleaning to restore their mouths to a more healthier state. Signs of needed dental care will often include:
- Bad breath
- Difficulty chewing or reluctance to eat
- Loose teeth
- Oral bleeding
- Red gums
- Swollen gums
Exceptional Tools for Pet Dentistry
At Boggy Creek Animal Hospital, we have a state-of-the-art digital x-ray unit which allows us to take full-mouth radiographs and determine if oral health issues exist below the gum line in areas where we can’t see. Our high-speed dental drill allows us to perform extractions and other procedures more quickly and safely than was previously possible.
To ensure that your pet’s mouth remains healthy, we recommend having their mouth checked at least annually. We also recommend that you establish an at-home hygiene regimen for your pet, which can include the use of dental chews. We are pleased to now offer OraVet® Dental Hygiene Chews, the delicious tablets that protect against bad breath, plaque, and calculus. Since plaque and calculus can eventually lead to bad breath and gum disease, these chews can—based on clinical studies—help prevent gum disease. Please contact us with dental care questions, and we’ll be happy to help!