The Importance of Practicing Good Pet Dental Hygiene

You know that you need to follow good dental hygiene practices to keep your mouth healthy, but did you realize the same is true for your pets? Gum disease and other oral health problems can lead to serious health issues like heart, liver, and kidney diseases in dogs and cats as well as in people. 5 Points Animal Hospital makes it easy for pet owners to take care of their dog’s or cat’s teeth by offering a free dental exam every six months to our patients. We also provide other pet dental health services, including routine cleanings, periodontal therapies, and extractions. If your pet is in need of more advanced dentistry services, we work closely with two board-certified veterinary dentists who will treat your pet with the same possible dental care. We would like to tell you more about the importance of good pet dental health and hygiene practices and how you can help keep your pet’s mouth as healthy and happy as your own.

Why does my pet need to have his teeth examined twice a year?

According to Vet Street, periodontal disease affects 85 percent of pets by the time they are three years old. In order to catch this disease in its early stages, your pet needs his teeth professionally examined at least twice a year. Our staff at 5 Points Animal Hospital provides free dental exams to our pet patients every six months. If we find a buildup of plaque and tartar on your pet’s teeth during the exam, we will recommend a professional dental cleaning to keep bacteria from spreading and causing gingivitis. Scheduling regular dental exams for your pet is the best way to protect him from developing periodontal disease, enduring pain, and losing any teeth.

How can I practice good dental hygiene for my pet at home?

You can help keep your pet’s teeth healthy by brushing them every day with a child’s toothbrush or with a special finger brush for pets. 5 Points Animal Hospital can show you the best type of toothbrush for your pet, and we can also help you find the right pet toothpaste. Our staff is happy to show you the best tips and hacks for making this important daily pet dental hygiene practice easy to do. We can also recommend the best pet dental diets and treats that will work to reduce plaque and tartar.

Prolong the life of your pet by taking the best possible care of his teeth. Contact us today at 5 Points Animal Hospital to find out more about our professional pet dental care services.

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