Did you know that the oral health of your pet is extremely similar to yours?

AN EPIDEMIC ON THE RISE: According to current data, 95 percent of dogs and cats will develop dental problems that will require treatment at some point during their lifetimes. National Pet Dental Association photo

Would you go a month without brushing your teeth or a year without seeing a dentist? By the age of three, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some sort of dental disease. Many pet owners are unaware that dental disease can cause severe oral infections, tooth loss, feeding problems, and bad breath in their pets.

You can perform the following at home:

  • It’s critical to become acquainted with your pet’s oral cavity. You should touch and examine your pet’s mouth from a young age, looking for odd lesions or regions of pain.
  • Tartar and bacteria build-up are reduced by oral rinse and brushing. Use only pet-safe toothpastes and rinses, as human products can be dangerous to your pet.
  • Giving your cat oral chews made exclusively for oral health is a simple and effective technique to help decrease tartar buildup on the teeth. When using dental chews, keep an eye on your pet to avoid choking.

What can your veterinarian do to assist you:

  • Every wellness appointment should include an oral examination by your veterinarian to examine your pet’s oral health.
  • They’ll assess if your pet needs a general anaesthesia dental cleaning or a non-anesthetic dental cleaning.
  • Dental cleanings should be done on a regular basis to maintain your pet healthy and pain-free.
  • Periodic dental x-rays are also recommended to reveal any hidden dental illness beneath the gum line.

When your pet is displaying signs of advanced dental disease, anesthetic dental cleanings are required. While your pet is under anesthesia, full mouth x-rays can be performed to detect any pathology below the gum line. A dental cleaning that is performed without the use of anesthetic is known as a non-anesthetic dental procedure. The non-anesthetic method is an excellent choice for preventative care. Not all pets, however, are good candidates for this operation, and your veterinarian will decide which choice is best for your pet based on their overall health.

Please be advised that dental cleanings are a medical operation that should always be conducted in a veterinary facility under the direct supervision of a professional veterinarian for your pet’s safety and health. Having your pet’s teeth cleaned outside of a veterinary hospital carries the potential of being dangerous and even lethal to your pet.