Dental disease is the most common disease affecting dogs and cats, with 80% of dogs and 70% of cats affected by the age of three. Bad breath or yellow teeth may seem harmless, but they are actually signs of oral bacteria building up in the mouth. When left untreated, oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and infect other organs, including the heart. The common signs of dental disease are:
Luckily, the risk of dental disease can be minimized with proper dental care. During your routine wellness visit, your veterinarian will examine the teeth and gums for the signs of dental disease. Based on your pet’s condition, we may recommend a professional dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. All dental cleanings are performed under general anesthesia to allow access to plaque and tartar hiding under the gumline. Since more than half of your pet’s tooth surface is below the gumline, this procedure is essentia
Dental care isn’t just up to your veterinarian. There are many ways you can promote a healthy mouth at home. We recommend regular tooth brushing to remove food debris before it can harden into plaque and tartar. There are also many special dental products, including diets, treats, and toys, that help break down plaque while your pet chews. Your veterinarian can recommend the best home routine for your pet.