Many people go to the dentist at least twice per year and brush their teeth on a regular basis. What about your pets? It’s easy to overlook pet dental care but good oral health can go a long way toward ensuring your pet’s well-being. You can work with a vet to help ensure that your companion enjoys great dental hygiene. Get in touch with us at Broadway Estates Veterinary Clinic, serving Littleton, CO, to schedule an oral health checkup.
Let's take a look at why good oral hygiene can be important for pets.
Ensuring Good Pet Dental Hygiene
Most people should brush their teeth at least twice per day, whereas pets may not require daily teeth cleaning. This is due to a variety of factors. Many people have diets that are high in sugar. Too much sugar can increase the risk of cavities and other problems. Some pets enjoy lower sugar diets, which helps safeguard their teeth. Humans, additional, will often need their teeth to last several decades whereas most pets simply don’t live that long.
While the dental demand for pets may not be quite as burdensome as they are for people, it can be wise to have your pet undergo regular teeth cleaning at an animal clinic. A vet can keep a close eye on your pet’s dental hygiene and scrub away tartar and plaque, ultimately helping improve pet wellness. Regular care will help reduce the risk of more serious conditions, like cavities, gum disease, and oral infections.
Signs of Pet Dental Health Problems
You’ll want to keep an eye out for oral health problems. If your pet is suffering dental issues, you should schedule an appointment with a veterinarian at an animal clinic in a timely manner to help prevent the situation from getting worse. Let’s look at some potential signs that your pet may be suffering oral health problems.
If your cat, dog, or other companion is suffering from a toothache or something similar, he may stop eating or may exhibit pain (such as wincing) while eating. You may also notice that your pet is losing weight. Given how important nutrition is for overall health, if dental problems are affecting eating habits, they need to be addressed quickly.
You may also notice that your pet has bad breath. Excessive drooling and a swollen face may also indicate dental health issues. If your pet is easy to handle, you could inspect their teeth. Keep in mind that even calm pets may bite if they are in pain or if you accidently hurt them. It may be best to leave mouth inspections to a veterinarian.
Get Pet Dental Care, Dental Hygiene, Teeth Cleaning, and Pet Wellness from a Veterinarian
If you have questions or concerns regarding pet wellness and dental care and would you like to schedule a teeth cleaning, visit us at Broadway Estates Veterinary Clinic, serving Littleton, CO. Call us at (303) 795-2584 for more information. A “veterinarian near me” on our veterinary team is here to help.