Regular dental care for your pet is about more than simply fresh breath and white teeth. It is an important piece of a preventative care regimen because numerous diseases can either originate from or be exacerbated by poor dental hygiene and care. In fact, it is said that periodontal disease is present in 85 percent of the senior dog population–9-years-old and up.
For this reason, Bridletowne Warden Animal Hospital in Scarborough recommends that all cats and dogs have a full dental cleaning each year as well as polishing and fluoride applications every six months to two years.
Dental problems of your pet are easily prevented. Left untreated, they can often lead to larger systemic problems due to oral bacteria entering the bloodstream and damaging the kidneys, heart and liver.
Pets have dental disease just like you do. Many of these problems can be avoided by bringing your pet in for regular checkups and teeth cleanings.
Some signs of dental problems in your pet include:
Dental care for your pet does not end with a visit to your Scarborough veterinarian. You need to continue your veterinarian's good work at home. Brushing your pet's teeth is an important part of home dental care. Any member of the Bridletowne Warden Animal Hospital team can show you the proper brushing method.