Pet Dental Care Is Very Important for Overall Health
Dental health is an important aspect of your pet’s overall health. Dental problems can be indicators of other health problems or lead to other health issues. Therefore, it is vital for your animal to have a pet dental exam at least once a year. A veterinarian will check the teeth and gums and recommend a teeth cleaning if needed. Pets living in Waco, Hewitt, or Woodway will thrive with regular health and dental exam with our veterinarian at Crossroads Animal Clinic.
What Are Common Pet Dental Problems?
Periodontal disease is very common in dogs and cats. This disease occurs when plaque hardens into tartar. If this tartar gets under the gum line, it can make its way to the bloodstream and cause damage to areas in the jawbone, kidney, liver, and heart. Regular dental cleanings are essential in preventing periodontal disease. Other common problems found by our veterinarian include misaligned teeth, cysts or tumors in the mouth, infected teeth, broken teeth or roots, and palate defects.
What Signs Indicate Pet Dental Problems?
It is important to seek pet dental care if you notice anything out of the ordinary in or around the mouth. Symptoms to watch for include bad breath, swelling, bleeding, pain, refusing to eat, abnormal chewing or drooling, discolored teeth, retaining baby teeth, or broken or loose teeth. Your pet may behave differently or act irritable if he is in pain.
How Can Pet Dental Problems Be Prevented?
Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is the best thing you can do to protect his dental health. It is best to brush his teeth every day, but even every few days is helpful. Brushing at home can even help improve your pet’s oral health in between sessions with a veterinarian. It is easier to brush a dog’s teeth than a cat’s teeth, but if you start when they are very young, it can be done.
Make an Appointment with Our Vet for a Teeth Cleaning
Protect your animal’s oral health with regular brushing at home and teeth cleaning sessions with a veterinarian. Schedule an appointment with Crossroads Animal Clinic to talk with our veterinarian, who serves Waco, Hewitt, and Woodway areas, about pet dental care. Give our vet staff a call today at 254-776-9393.