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Why Your Pet's Dental Health Is So Important
If you’re like most pet owners, you’ve probably never even thought about brushing your pet’s teeth. To stay healthy and comfortable, however, dogs and cats need dental care just like people do. Just imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed, flossed, or visited the dentist – yuck!
Why Is Dental Care So Important for Pets?
The primary reason dental care is essential to your pet’s overall health is the prevention and management of periodontal disease (which is usually a consequence of gingivitis or gum disease).
Periodontal disease is characterized by a bacterial infection of the gums. This infection not only causes oral pain, discomfort, localized bone deterioration, and other tooth and gum-related problems, but it can also affect your pet’s systemic health.
When left unaddressed, the bacteria from periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream and travel throughout a pet’s body, where it causes generalized inflammation and damages vital organs like the lungs, heart, kidneys, and liver. Advanced dental disease will ultimately reduce your pet’s quality of life and lead to chronic pain and an early death.
Prevention Is the Best Dental Medicine
It’s estimated that by age 3, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have already developed some form of dental disease. Once a pet has periodontal disease, it can’t be completely cured. But it can be managed to prevent it from becoming more serious.
So, caring for your pet’s teeth before they develop signs of disease will save you money on the costly veterinary treatments required to care for a systemically ill pet. Also, it will also save your pet from experiencing a lot of pain and discomfort.
How to Care for Your Pet's Teeth
You can best care for your cat’s or dog’s teeth and gums with a combination of at-home dental care (brushing with pet-friendly products and providing dental-friendly treats and chew toys) and professional pet dental care (scaling, polishing, dental x-rays and an oral examination at the veterinary clinic).
Find Out How to Get a Discount on Pet Dentistry at TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic
At Tanglewilde Veterinary Clinic, our veterinarians do their best to emphasize the importance of pet dental care for the overall health and wellbeing of cats and dogs. So, we do our best to make that care accessible to every one of our patients. As a result, we offer an ongoing discount on dental care each week, all year long. Our wellness packages also help make comprehensive care more affordable; just ask us how!
To find out how you can get a discount on your pet’s dental care or to schedule a pet dentistry appointment for your dog or cat, contact our office today.