Dental care is just as important for pets as it is for humans. Regular dental care can help prevent a variety of health issues that can arise from poor dental hygiene, including bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease, and infections.
However, unlike humans, most pets do not brush their teeth everyday. The lack of daily dental care leads to a high risk of dental disease in pets. Additionally, factors such as diet, breed, and genetics also play a role in predisposing pets to the development of dental disease. As a result of these risk factors, around 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will have some form of dental disease by the age of 3.
Having your pet’s teeth checked regularly is an essential part of early detection for any dental issues. Importantly, early detection allows us to provide the care required to prevent such dental issues from worsening.
At Pet Medical Milsons Point, we routinely check your pet’s teeth for plaque and tartar build up and also look at whether gingivitis (gum disease) is present or if any teeth appear diseased, broken, or infected. If any of the above are observed during the oral examination, our team will advise on the best course of action to address these issues. Our practice is equipped with the latest dental equipment and are able to carry out full mouth dental x-rays to check the health of your pets teeth and their tooth roots.
We recommend that all animals should have a dental check every 6 months and a routine dental clean every 6-12 months. Speak with one of our friendly vets today to learn more about dental disease in pets and determine the most appropriate course of care for your pets.
Here are some additional tips for pet oral care at home:
Regular brushing – Pets need their teeth brushed regularly. You can use a soft-bristled toothbrush or a finger brush specifically designed for pets, along with pet toothpaste. Start slowly and gradually increase the length of brushing time over several weeks.
Dental treats and toys – There are a variety of dental treats and toys available that can help clean your pet’s teeth. Some of these treats are designed to remove tartar and plaque while your pet chews, and some toys are designed to promote chewing and help clean teeth at the same time.
Prevention is the best form of defence against dental disease in pets. By partnering with us and taking steps to prevent dental problems before they occur, you can help your pet maintain good dental health throughout their life.