Studies show that periodontal or gum disease is the number one illness found in both cats and dogs. About 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have oral disease by the time they are three years old.
The American Animal Hospital Association recommends annual dental cleanings beginning at age one or two as regular cleanings and exams will allow your veterinarian to look for disease, fractured teeth, and other potential issues.
In honor of February’s National Pet Dental Health Month, we’re bringing you five reasons to consistently care for your pet’s teeth!
Good dental health reduces bad breath.
Bad breath not only makes it difficult to get close to your pet, but it’s also a sign of periodontal disease. Fortunately, oral diseases are completely preventable with daily maintenance, frequent brushing and consistent trips to your vet. However, failure to properly address dental health could lead to more serious issues. If your pet has persistent bad breath, it’s time to make an appointment with your vet.
Quality dental health can extend your pet’s life.
When the mouth is unhealthy, the rest of the body often follows as toxins and bacteria can absorb into the bloodstream, leading to damaged organs. While your dog may not be excited about his brushing or vet appointments, it’s worth taking the time to introduce a quality dental care regimen. A good dental health plan will include a healthy diet, daily tooth brushing, and regular veterinarian visits.
Dental exams cover more than just teeth.
Dental exams begin with a comprehensive oral examination to evaluate the head, face, and neck. Oral exams allow a veterinarian to identify any problems, including broken teeth, periodontal disease, or oral tumors. With dental probing and X-rays, experts can find deeper more hidden issues.
Complete dental exams can catch periodontal disease early and start your pet onto a road of recovery. However, if you don’t catch the disease in time or take the measures to fix the problem, the gums will become irritated, bleed, and pets will experience a lot of unnecessary oral pain.
Regular exams prevent pain and tooth loss.
With periodontal disease, the roots of teeth may become so severely affected that some teeth will become loose and fall out. If your pet is losing teeth, there are likely other teeth that are loose or diseased, which will cause your pet pain and discomfort. If left untreated, periodontal disease can significantly impact an animal’s quality of life.
Consistent dental care now will save you money later.
Without regular care, your pet’s teeth could end up with considerable issues in the future. Keeping your animal’s teeth in good health can even save you money down the road in extensive dental repair work. Preventative procedures now will prevent costly surgeries or extractions, not to mention will help prevent other health problems as well.