Why Is Pet Dental Care Important?
Pets aren’t so different from humans. Just like us, their teeth can develop plaque and cavities. Left untreated, these can lead to gum infections, tooth loss, and more. The good news is that there’s a lot that pet owners can do to keep their dog or cat healthy. Here’s what our friendly veterinarian at the Animal Clinic of Arlington wants you to know:
You Can Help Keep Your Pets’ Teeth Healthy at Home
Some animals can tolerate having their teeth brushed. With the right technique and products, you can help keep plaque at bay. Adjusting your pet's diet and giving them treats specially designed to clean the teeth can help as well.
However, not every tip for healthy teeth involves your wallet. One of the most important ways that you can protect your pet’s long-term dental health is by keeping an eye on them.
- Do you see any broken or missing teeth?
- Does the animal seem uncomfortable when eating?
- Does he chew with an unusual motion?
- Is there a red, swollen spot at your pet's gumline?
If so, take your pet in for a check-up. Dental problems are always easier and cheaper to resolve if you catch them early.
Pet Teeth Cleaning Is Vital for Your Dog or Cat’s Health
Even if your pet tolerates having his teeth brushed, you may not be removing all of the plaque and tartar build-up on his teeth. This sticky substance can accumulate between teeth and in hard-to-reach gaps. Once it’s there, it can lead to cavities, infections, and more.
A professional pet teeth cleaning gets into all of those hidden areas. Done regularly, it prevents plaque from building up to potentially dangerous levels. Clean teeth have a number of other benefits including:
- Your dog or cat’s breath will smell better.
- Your pets are unlikely to loose teeth, allowing them to eat solid foods even into their old age.
- Professional tooth cleaning prevents bacteria from an infection getting into the bloodstream.
- Your pet will be a lot more comfortable without the pain of cavities and inflamed gums.
Finally, the person cleaning your pet’s teeth has an opportunity to spot hidden issues. A giant cavity lurking in the back of your pet's mouth could trigger a cascade of expensive medical problems down the line. Catching this early will make it easier for your veterinarian to help.
Healthy Teeth and Happy Pets in Arlington, TX
Do you need pet dental care? At the Animal Clinic of Arlington, we offer a wide range of dental services, from initial exams to more specialized treatments. Give us a call at (817) 460-6622 to book an appointment through our online form. We’re looking forward to helping you and your fuzzy friend.