You may have heard that it is possible to add two to four years to your pet’s life with proper veterinary pet dental care. This is true, but you will also increase his or her health, vitality and wellbeing. In short, proper veterinary dental care from Millwood Aniaml Hospital will help ensure your pet leads the best life possible.
However, if left untreated, dental disease can not only be painful and inhibit proper nutrition, but it can also lead to serious systemic issues that may threaten your pet’s health before symptoms are noticeable. For example, oral bacteria that enter the bloodstream can damage your pet’s kidneys, heart or liver.
Despite the importance of proper pet dental care, dental disease is often overlooked by many pet owners across the country. For example, it is
estimated that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop tooth and gum disease by the age of three years.
Simply stated, veterinary dental care from Millwood Animal Hospital is an important piece of your dog or cat’s preventative health care program. It will not only prevent dental and systemic disease, but it also will help minimize the lifetime cost of care for your pet.
Doctors Jeremy Tubbs and Daniela Goldman both take the oral and dental veterinary health of your cat or dog very seriously and believe that dental care is an important piece of your pet’s preventative care.
The centerpiece of good pet dental care is a complete oral exam followed by a thorough cleaning. Dental cleanings include ultrasonic scaling followed by polishing and a mouth rinse, all of which is designed to remove plaque and slow its buildup.
Should we find any issues, such as evidence of gum or tooth decay, gingivitis, or excessive plaque buildup, we will discuss this with you and provide treatment options.
Home Veterinary Dental Care
Dental care for pets is not something that can be left to periodic visits with your veterinarian. Because plaque buildup—the primary cause of poor oral health—is a gradual process occurring throughout the life of your pet, it is important to practice good home dental care. As with humans, this means regular tooth brushing and in some cases additional steps may be necessary. Any member of our staff can show you the proper method for caring for your pet’s teeth as well as help you select the most effective dental products for your pet.
You should also be able to recognize the signs of poor oral health. If you notice any of the following you may want to contact us:
Persistent bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
Tartar or plaque buildup (ask your veterinarian how to identify these)
A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
Red and swollen gums
Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
Pawing at the mouth
Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
Loose or missing teeth