The Importance of Pet Dental Health

Though we don’t think twice about brushing our own teeth, daily dental care for our pets is often neglected. In honor of National Pet Dental Health Month, we’ve put together a list of reasons why healthy teeth and gums are incredibly important for our pets. Without proper dental care, your pet is at increased risk of the following issues:

Degradation or Loss of Teeth

Pets are hard on their teeth. Hard bones and chew toys take a real toll on those choppers and because dogs are known to lick almost everything, bacteria are bound to find a way into their mouths. Neglecting your pet’s dental care will result in difficulty chewing and eventual loss of teeth. Losing teeth can be terribly painful and cause even more health problems.

Retained Baby Teeth

Just like us, our pets lose their baby teeth. As they get older, these teeth typically fall out on their own, however, sometimes a few stragglers stay behind! This can cause serious problems for your pet. They will be put at greater risk of gum irritation and tartar buildup if these teeth are not removed.

Plaque Buildup

The building blocks of dental diseases, plaque is enemy #1 for your pet. It’s important to schedule regular cleanings to ensure that plaque does not linger and harden to form tartar. Once tartar forms and is left untreated, it’s only a matter of time before dental problems and gum disease arise.

Dental Disease

Most pets will form some type of periodontal disease by the age of 3 years. From bad breath and difficulty chewing to loss of teeth, bacteria in the mouth can even spread to other parts of the body such as the kidneys, liver, and heart of your pet. Dental diseases are serious, which is why routine dental examinations and at-home daily cleanings are essential in improving your pet’s overall health.

An Unhappy Pet

Dental problems are no fun. Don’t let these problems inevitably arise from lack of proper dental care. Think of how miserable it is for you when you have a toothache. Our pets feel the same pain we do, don’t let him suffer due to neglected dental care.

Don’t shy away from caring for your pet’s teeth and gums. Your little one is counting on you to know what’s best for him. So that means you must take the initiative with regular dental cleanings at the vet as well as daily at-home dental care, so that you can prevent tartar before it becomes a serious problem.