Top Reasons to Take Care of Your Pet’s Teeth

Oct 12, 2018 | Preventive Care

Do you brush your teeth twice a day and visit your dentist on a regular schedule? Most humans do. But many people do not realize that it’s just as important to take excellent care of their pet’s teeth as it is their own. If you’ve ever strolled down the aisles of a pet supply store, you’ve probably noticed a section for dog and cat teeth cleaning products. These items are for sale and on display for a reason! Taking care of your pet’s teeth is essential for maintaining their overall health.

Following are vital reasons to take care of your pet’s teeth. It’s important to remember that dogs and cats cannot talk, and therefore they cannot tell you when they feel ill or are in pain.

Animals Cannot Brush Their Own Teeth

There are “teeth cleaning” toys for dogs and cats that help remove plaque from your animal’s teeth. These products are certainly helpful. However, they might not do enough to keep your pet’s teeth as clean as possible. It’s important to talk with your veterinarian about optimal teeth cleaning products to keep your pet’s teeth in excellent condition.

A Decayed or Broken Tooth Hurts

Just like human teeth, a broken or decayed tooth in an animal is uncomfortable. Some pets do not display discomfort even if they are living with a dental ailment. If you notice a problem with your pet’s teeth, please visit the vet right away.

Dogs and Cats Have Gums, Too

It’s not just about their teeth. Animals also have gums, which can develop periodontal disease. An animal suffering from periodontal disease experiences discomfort, bleeding gums, and even tooth loss. Periodontal disease can be avoided with periodic professional dental cleanings.

Dental Health Affects Overall Health

If your pet’s tooth is infected, the bacteria from the infection can spread to other areas of the body. This can lead to an infection in a vital organ. When an infection spreads from the mouth to another area, it becomes more difficult to treat, and your pet’s quality of life suffers. Catching and addressing oral health problems early is important for maintaining the overall health of your animal.

Bright and Sparkling Teeth Look Nice!

An animal with brown or yellow teeth does not look as healthy as one with white and bright teeth. Many pet owners are proud of their pet’s appearance and want their animal to display teeth and gums that look ultra-healthy and well-maintained.

Breath That Causes You to Push Your Pet Away

Many humans love their animal and want to snuggle with them on a comfy chair, couch, or even in their bed! If your pet has horrible breath, you might not welcome an abundance of kisses from your beloved animal. If your pet’s mouth smells terrible, the solution might be regular dental cleanings and treatment for inflamed or infected gums or teeth.  

Tustin Legacy Animal Hospital offers full-service dental care for pets. Not only do we examine your pet’s teeth during annual wellness exams, but we also provide dental care and professional teeth cleaning services. Please talk with us about your pet’s dental health next time you’re in the office. Dental health impacts your pet’s overall well-being and longevity. Keep your dogs and cats happy with dental exams and routine brushing!