While most pet owners regularly take their pet into the veterinarian's office for wellness exams once a year, a pet's dental health usually falls by the wayside. Many diseases can begin in your pet's mouth through open sites around the gum line, or broken and diseased teeth. Pet dental healthcare is important to the overall health and longevity of your pet. Let's take a closer look why pet dental health is important and what a veterinarian can do to help.
Why Is Pet Dental Health Important?
Caring for your pet's teeth is just as important as an overall health wellness check. Many diseases, such as heart disease, can begin to show symptoms in the teeth and gums. Broken teeth and gum disease can also create a site for dangerous bacteria to enter your pet's body and blood stream. Having healthy teeth and gums can help tremendously with your pet's overall health.
What Can A Veterinarian Screen For?
During a dental exam, your veterinarian will be able to screen for gum diseases, such as gingivitis. This disease can vary in severity, but can be greatly reduced and improved with regular dental cleanings. Further, your veterinarian will be able to examine all of your pet's teeth and identify any broken or diseased teeth.
What Are Common Pet Dental Problems?
One of the most common pet dental problems is gingivitis, which is caused by the buildup of plaque and tarter around the gum line. Another common problem in cats and dogs is a broken tooth, caused from accidental trauma, chewing, or simply age as the tooth becomes more brittle over time. Diseased or decayed teeth are also commonly found during the exam. These teeth should be removed immediately to prevent the spread of disease to otherwise healthy teeth.
How Can A Veterinarian Help?
A veterinarian is able to perform a thorough dental exam for your pet while your pet is under a general anesthesia. During the exam, the veterinarian will be able to completely clean the teeth around the gums to reduce the plaque and tarter build up, reducing the chances of gingivitis. Following a pet dental cleaning, your veterinarian will be able to recommend at home cleaning products and chews to help keep your pet's teeth clean between dental exams.
Your pet's dental care should be just as important as regular wellness exams. At Stanton Pet Hospital, our team of veterinarians is passionate about caring for your pet. Our office is conveniently located at 8591 Katella Ave, Stanton, CA 90680. Call us today at (714) 828-5891 to schedule an appointment to have your pet's teeth examined and cleaned. Having healthy teeth and gums is vital to overall health.