Dental disease affects a significant number of pets at any age during their lifetime, and just like with people, there can be serious consequences as a result of poor dental health.
Although pets aren’t typically known to have minty-fresh breath, an extremely foul odor can be the first sign of a severe dental problem. Some other indicators of oral disease may include excessive drooling, inflamed gums, and loose teeth.
More mouth problems that could arise from poor dental hygiene include periodontal disease, gingivitis, halitosis, gum disease, mouth tumors, and facial pain. It is always best to check in with your veterinarian if your pet begins to show any sign of mouth discomfort or exceptionally foul breath.
Dental care for your pet should begin as soon as possible, so it is vital that your veterinarian teach you how to properly care and brush your pet's teeth right from the start! They can provide demonstrations of the most effective and hassle-free way to brush your pet’s teeth, as well as which diets and toys are the safest and most effective.
Another important step in caring for your pet’s dental health is to have your vet perform a complete cleaning and examination on an annual basis. They should be performed more frequently if home care can’t be done or if the animal has any other oral problems.
Remember, dental health should be a daily ritual for pet owners to follow all year and not just during the month of February. Please keep in mind that the oral health of your furry-friend has a direct effect on their overall health!