Dental disease is one of the most common diseases pets will have during their lifetime; 78% of dogs and 68% of cats over the age of three have some form of dental disease. Regular, pro-active dental care is a vital step in keeping your dog or cat healthy and comfortable. Plaque, which is a buildup of bacteria, can develop into periodontitis if left untreated. Periodontitis are pockets of severe and painful infections within the mouth around the teeth and gum line. Not treated, it can lead tooth decay and bone loss. All of which can cause pain for your pet and other health issues as well.
Signs or Oral and Dental Disease in Your Pet:
A good start to good dental care for your pet is for pet owners to recognize the signs of dental disease in your pet:
Annual Dental Exam
We recommend regular oral examinations and professional dental cleanings (when needed), under general anesthesia, for all dogs and cats. During your pet’s annual wellness exam, we will visually examine your pet’s teeth and mouth. If we see signs of dental disease, we will recommend a professional dental cleaning.
Professional Dental Cleaning
We have state-of-the art dental equipment to care for your pet’s dental needs. A professional dental cleaning at Sawnee Animal Hospital consists of:
Brushing your Pet’s Teeth at Home:
Good dental hygiene at home is just as important for pets as it is for humans. Brushing your pet’s teeth once a day at home will help to prevent plaque and tartar buildup and should only take you a few minutes each day. We will be happy to teach you how to brush your pet’s teeth at home. Just give us a call or ask us during your pet’s next wellness exam.
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