We humans eat a lot of things that are bad for our teeth, such as sweets, soda, and wine. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important we brush twice a day.
Since our friends in the animal kingdom don’t eat these things, it’s natural to think that our pets don’t need the same care. But even without the ravages of sugar and caffeine, there is still plenty that can come against our pets’ dental health. These are just a few of the benefits of dental care for your pets.
Managing Oral Diseases
Dental diseases such as periodontal disease or tooth resorption are the most common problems that veterinarians come across. This is because many pets develop a dental disease by the time they reach three years old. Some of the symptoms of these conditions include:
While it is not always possible to prevent oral diseases from developing, consistent, quality dental care can help keep oral diseases from progressing and prevent your pet from losing or breaking their teeth.
As much as we love puppy kisses, it’s hard to pretend their breath is fresh. But preventing bad breath in our animals isn’t just a matter of making it easier to be close to your pet. Halitosis can potentially signal the development of bacteria that can lead to oral diseases. Dental care stops this bacterium, resulting in healthier teeth and fresher breath.
Improving Overall Pet Health
The bacterium that causes bad breath and dental disease doesn’t always stop at your pet’s teeth. From the gums, bacteria can enter the bloodstream in a process called bacteremia. As bacteremia sets in, bacteria can damage your pets’ organs such as the kidneys, liver, and even the heart.
As with humans, the benefits of dental care for your pets don’t end with pristine, pearly white teeth. Dental health and overall wellness go hand in hand. For happier, healthier animals, see our veterinary dental specialists today for a consultation for your pets.
Antelope Valley Medical Center Team