Why It’s Time to Clean Your Pet’s Teeth in the New Year
Dental hygiene isn’t just for humans; it is essential for pets! Keep your furry family members safe and healthy for years to come with routine dental cleanings every year. With poor dental hygiene, your pet is subject to several medical issues that will impact its quality of life.
You can be proactive with your pet’s health by giving them a routine dental cleaning once a year. By cleaning your pet’s teeth in the new year, you can catch any potential dental issues or prevent them before they develop. If your pet develops a dental-related disease, it can lead to even more severe health problems.
Help your pet live a longer and happier life with quality teeth cleanings and dental exams. North Jackson Animal Clinic is here to tell you why it’s time to clean your pet’s teeth in the new year. Contact us today if you have any questions!
What Happens During a Professional Pet Teeth Cleaning?
It is not uncommon for pets to suffer from dental issues at some point during their lifetime. However, it is crucial to do all you can to help prevent those problems from developing and creating more significant health issues.
During your pet’s annual exam, the veterinarian will examine their mouth, including the teeth and gums. They will check for any oral health conditions or potential symptoms that may require treatment. If conditions need to be addressed, the doctor will ensure you understand these conditions and provide advice on treatment options.
Before any cleaning or exam, your pet is safely put under anesthesia to ensure their safety. You can expect a professional pet teeth cleaning to involve the following:
Clean tartar and other debris from teeth
Polish teeth above and below the gum line
Obtain a digital X-ray of each tooth
Administer fluoride treatment before dental sealant to fight plaque.
If your pet is suffering from advanced dental diseases, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan to help restore your pet’s optimal oral health. In some cases, your pet will need surgery to treat severe conditions.
What Oral Health Problems Could Potentially Develop in My Pet?
As your pet ages, they can become more susceptible to dental health problems. By the time they are three years old, there is a high chance they are already showing signs of early periodontal disease. You may notice your pet has severely bad breath or is suffering from pain when eating, which could be symptoms of oral health diseases.
Besides causing issues such as bad breath and cavities or advanced periodontal disease, oral health problems can lead to infection in the kidney, liver, heart, and other areas throughout your pet’s body. Even worse, tumors or cysts may develop.
We are here to advise you on the different oral health diseases that can develop, so you can stay educated and informed on your pet’s health.
Loss of teeth
Learn more about the specific causes and treatments of the diseases and how you can help prevent them by staying up to date on pet dental care resources.
What Signs Are Related to Oral Hygiene Issues in a Pet?
Our pets are always involved in the silliest things and can often partake in strange behavior. However, sometimes their behavior can be a tell-tale sign of oral health issues. If you notice that your pet is acting differently, you should contact your vet immediately to detect any problems.
If your pet is experiencing dental issues, they may paw at their mouth or struggle with eating their food. You should have your veterinarian check your pet’s teeth annually for any early signs of a problem and maintain a healthy mouth.
Have your pet’s teeth checked as soon as possible if you observe any of the following problems:
Excessive drooling or chewing
Swelling in the gums or around the mouth
Pain in or around the mouth
Broken or loose teeth
Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
Bleeding from the mouth
Other signs of oral health problems include insufficient grooming, excessive yawning, and more. Some pets may even suffer from pain that prevents them from eating. We have the resources and oral health knowledge to help you keep your pet’s teeth in healthy condition for years to come.
Keep Your Pet’s Teeth Health Between Cleanings
While a veterinarian can’t be there 24/7 to ensure your dog’s teeth are in top condition, there are things you can do to keep your pet’s teeth healthy between cleanings. At home, you should brush your pet’s teeth regularly and provide dental chew toys to help eliminate plaque.
There are plenty of healthy dental chews available to minimize plaque build-up and reduce bad-breath-causing bacteria. Always contact your vet with any questions or concerns regarding your pet’s oral health. Click here to read about ways you can protect your pet’s teeth at home.
Ensure your pet’s dental health is in great condition! Contact us at 256-437-8483 if you have any questions.