When you think of your own dental care routine you probably would include brushing and flossing your teeth daily. Taking care of your pet's teeth is no different – but it’s doubtful you can even think of a time when you flossed your pet's teeth! In the wild, a wolf would get his teeth cleaned during a meal by chewing on dense bones. However domestic pets don't get the same cleaning from eating a bowl of kibble. Hence they need regular dental check ups to ensure their teeth stay healthy.
Why Does Pet Dental Health Matter?
Pet Dental Health is vitally important to your pet’s overall health. As with humans, dental problems often begin with plaque buildup due to infrequent maintenance. If left unchecked, plaque usually leads to much bigger problems. Plaque can force the gums to separate from the tooth, forming a void that allows food particles and bacteria to collect and grow. If this bacteria and plaque hardens, it forms tartar. This then leads to inflammation in the structure that supports teeth, known as periodontal disease, which can lead to larger problems including heart, kidney, or lung disease!
Warning Signs of Tooth Trouble
Dental diseases come in various shapes and forms, but knowing some of the symptoms can help you spot potential problems. Some signs of dental disease can include obvious symptoms such as bad breath and loose or missing teeth. Although there are some symptoms that are tougher to notice. These less common symptoms of dental disease could be a loss of appetite, lethargy, or depression. Your pet may also paw at his or her face. You may also notice your pet's face is swollen or that they drop pieces of food from their mouth while eating.
Pet Dental Check-Up
Of course your goal as a pet owner is to always avoid preventable health problems, which is why you should plan regular dental checks for your pet. An initial dental exam will involve anesthetic to make sure the veterinarian is able to get a good baseline for your pet's dental health. From here, the teeth will be thoroughly examined, cleaned, and polished.
At Normandale Veterinary Hospital, we believe the best medicine is prevention. Give us a call to schedule your pet's teeth cleaning with our pet dental experts. Keeping your pet's teeth healthy can help prevent unnecessary health problems that can stem from poor dental health. Our caring professionals are always ready to help answer any questions you may have in order to get your pet on the road to a healthy life. Schedule with Normandale Vet Hospital at 952-831-8272.