Vet Dentist & Pet Dental Care
Did you know dental disease is the most common health problem pets face? You may not realise the importance of pet dental care, but it is key to prevent your beloved pet from developing a dental disease over time.
70% of cats and 80% of dogs will have some level of dental disease by age 2. The key to preventing a vet dentist visit is to control plaque build-up, accumulating particularly at the gum line. If it is not removed properly, the bacteria can cause pain and eventually tooth loss. Most people do not realise that plaque attaches to the tooth surface within 24 hours of cleaning.
Vet Dentists recommend both pet dental care at home and professional cleaning. Pet dental care at home’s primary goal is to reduce the amount of plaque on teeth daily. Brushing your pet’s teeth daily is proven to be the most effective way to mechanically remove plaque. However, owners are often put off due to pets being uncooperative resulting in teeth brushing being difficult. Speak to your local vet dentist if you are having trouble brushing at home – most advice involves starting to get pets used to looking inside their mouths as early as possible. Positive reinforcement, such as rewarding with a toy or small treat after brushing may get them to sit better.
Signs your pet may have dental pain
- Bad breath
- Build-up of tartar
- Eating difficulties/refusing to eat and drink
- Excessive salivation
- Facial swelling
- Head sensitivity/reluctancy for anyone to touch
- Loose or broken teeth
- Lumps or bumps in their mouth
- Stained or dark teeth
- Swollen or irritated gums
- Weight loss