Proper Dental Hygiene For Your Pets

In order to keep your teeth healthy, you need to go see your dentist twice a year. This is when your teeth are professionally cleaned and checked for any problems. However, did you realize you need to do the same thing for your pets? According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), your veterinarian should check your pet’s teeth and gums at least once a year. Doing so keeps their mouth healthy. It additionally helps in looking for any early signs of problems. At 5 Points Animal Hospital, our staff can check out your cat or dog’s teeth and gums as part of a routine examination. We would like to tell you more about proper dental hygiene for your pets.

What kinds of dental problems can my pet have?

You may think cavities are rare in cats and dogs. On the contrary, your pets can suffer from the same types of dental problems that you can. The most common ailment is periodontal disease, which affects the gums. By the time your cat or dog is three years old, it is likely that they will show signs of periodontal disease. This will worsen if left untreated. Advanced periodontal disease can result in extreme pain, as well as loose teeth for your pet.

Other dental problems your cat or dog may experience include:

  • abscesses or infected teeth
  • cysts or tumors on the jaw
  • misalignment of the teeth and bite

What are the signs that I should bring my pet in for a professional dental exam?

Always schedule an annual dental exam for your dog or cat. This is especially true if you notice specific symptoms.

These symptoms include:

  • bad breath
  • broken or loose teeth
  • discolored teeth
  • a reduction in appetite
  • bleeding from the mouth
  • swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth

What can I do at home to practice proper dental hygiene for my pets?

The single most effective thing you can do at home for your pet to prevent dental problems? Simply brush your pet’s teeth on a regular basis to remove the tartar and plaque from them. Daily brushing is best. However, if this is not possible, it can still be effective to brush them three or four times a week. The AVMA recommends patience and training to help make regular teeth brushing a habit with your pets. Our staff at 5 Points Animal Hospital is happy to show you the best practices to use when brushing your pet’s teeth.

Practicing proper dental hygiene for your pets is important to keep their mouths healthy and happy. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment for our professional pet dental exam services!

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