When we think of dentistry, we often think of bright smiles and pearly white teeth. However, in veterinary medicine, dentistry is much more about preventing pain and infection than about your pet’s pearly whites.
Here is what to know when it comes to your pet’s dental health…
Dental Disease 101
The first, most common symptom of dental disease in our pets is bad breath. This bad breath is the result of bacteria and infection in the mouth.
Like us, plaque (an accumulation of this bacterium) will build up at the gum line causing irritation. This plaque will eventually form calculus (tartar), which further irritates the gums and often leads to infection. Continue…
As you may know from our recent Facebook posts, February is Dental Health Month for pets. And while we strongly believe that every month should be dental health month, this occasion provides us with a great opportunity to speak to the importance of dental health and why dental care is important for pets.
Protecting your pet’s dental health is just as important as protecting his or her internal health. In fact, they are ultimately one in the same.
While providing your pet with regular dental care can certainly reduce bad breath and brighten your pet’s smile, these cosmetic benefits pale in comparison to the long-lasting benefits good oral hygiene can have on your pet’s overall systemic health and longevity.
For your pet, a diseased mouth can lead to a number of issues that will likely affect your pet’s overall wellbeing. Here are some examples: Continue…