When was the last time you had your pet’s teeth cleaned? According to the AVMA, pets who have never had a teeth cleaning have signs of dental disease by the time they are three years old. For that reason, East Ridge Veterinary Hospital recommends that all pets have a yearly dental cleaning and oral examination.
Gum Disease in Dogs and Cats
Dogs and cats are prone to developing the same types of dental diseases and problems as humans. The process of dental decay and disease starts every time your pet eats and food particles get on their teeth and gums. This fuels the bacteria in your pet’s mouth, causing an acid attack on the enamel of their teeth and creating plaque. If the plaque is left on teeth, it hardens into tartar. When plaque and tartar are left on your pet’s teeth for an extended period of time, it can lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease, cavities and oral infections.
Signs of Dental Disease in Pets
When it comes to detecting oral health problems in pets, pay attention to changes in behavior. Pets often do not act like they are in pain until it is severe. If you notice any of the signs below, it's important to contact us to schedule a dental checkup:
- Broken or Loose Teeth
- Discomfort While Eating
- Extremely bad Breath
- Pussy or Bloody Drool
- Red Gums
- Staining on the Teeth
- Swollen or Inflamed Gums
- Weight Loss or Loss of Appetite
The Hazards of Untreated Periodontal Disease in Pets
Untreated periodontal disease in dogs and cats can lead to dangerous infections. Advanced dental disease may also affect your pet’s heart, liver and kidneys. In order to avoid these potentially life-threatening conditions, it is important to keep your pet’s teeth clean with at-home care and regular cleanings.
Pet Dental Cleanings in Sweetwater
East Ridge Veterinary Hospital recommends that all dogs and cats receive their first dental checkup shortly after they are weaned and at least once a year after that. Pet dental checkups include an examination of your pet’s head, neck, face, ears and mouth. Your veterinarian will also clean all the plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth and below the gum line. You can also ask for tips and tricks to help you remove food particles and plaque at home between professional pet dental cleanings.
To learn more about our veterinary dental services and how they can protect the health of your pet, call us at (325) 235-4812 today.