Although you might not realize it, pets need their teeth and gums cared for the same way that people need their teeth and gums cared for. This includes a combination of at-home care (such as teeth brushing, dental-friendly chew toys, and dental-friendly treats) and professional dental care at our veterinary hospital.
Without proper care, pets can develop periodontal disease (gum disease) which can cause them local problems in their mouths, as well as lead to systemic health problems that can cause organ damage and even premature death.
As a general guideline, pets typically require a professional dental cleaning and examination at least once a year. Every pet is different, though. Some might not need dental cleanings as often, while others might benefit from more frequent cleanings. Our veterinarian can help you determine when your pet needs a dental cleaning.
Additionally, the following signs and symptoms indicate your pet needs professional dental care:
Dogs and cats aren’t exactly known for their flowery or minty-fresh breath. However, breath that is excessively strong or persistently bad is an indication of a mouth that has too much bad bacteria growing in it.
Broken teeth are not only painful for pets, but they can also lead to serious bacterial infections and abscesses in the mouth. Typically broken teeth need to be extracted to resolve the issue and avoid further complications.
Teeth that are discolored indicate an excessive buildup of plaque and tartar on the surface of the teeth. This accumulation on the teeth is a precursor to the development of periodontal disease and could indicate that a pet already has some form of this serious gum infection.
Oral health problems can cause pain and sensitivity. As a result, your pet might start frequently dropping its toys or kibble.
Oral health problems trigger the mouth to produce more saliva than normal, resulting in excessive drooling.
Regular teeth cleanings and examinations help protect your pet from gum disease while preserving the health and comfort of their teeth and gums. To learn more about the importance of pet dental care or to schedule an appointment for your pet, we welcome you to contact Olive Branch Pet Hospital today.