February marks National Pet Dental Health Month, so this is the perfect time to remind you about the importance of dental care for your pets. We often neglect our pet’s teeth; however, maintaining those pearly whites is an important aspect of pet care. As specialists in animal dentistry near Shorewood, we want to share some important tips with all pet owners concerning dental care.
Annual Check Up
Your pet’s teeth should be checked by a qualified veterinarian at least once a year. We have the proper tools and experience needed to thoroughly clean the teeth and check for any signs of problems. Most dental disease occurs below the gumline where it is not seen. Therefore, an exam by a veterinarian is necessary to find any problems.
Signs of Dental Problems
There are some signs you can look for in your pet that may indicate a dental check up should be scheduled soon. If you notice any of these in your pet, give us a call to schedule an appointment.
Broken or loose teeth
Discolored teeth or teeth covered in tartar
Reduced appetite/refusal to eat
Abnormal chewing, drooling or dropping of food
Bleeding or swelling in or around the pet’s mouth
Pet Dental Issues
Animals have different problems with their teeth than humans. Cavities and tooth decay are rare in pets. The most common dental problem seen in pets is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a term used to describe inflammation or infection of the tissues surrounding the tooth. Accumulation of tartar on the teeth contributes to gum recession around the base of the tooth, which leads to infection. If gone unnoticed and untreated, the disease can lead to loss of teeth and more serious health issues that affect more than the pet’s mouth.
Regular Dental Care
Preventing tartar buildup with regular cleaning and examinations is the best way to prevent periodontal disease and other dental issues from affecting your pets. Brushing your pet’s teeth a few times a week is the most effective thing you can do. Most dogs will accept brushing. Cats are definitely more resistant, but with patience and training they can learn to accept it. We can show you the best way to brush your pet’s teeth as well as cover the types of products to use for your pet’s dental wellness. Don’t neglect the annual checkup so we can do a deeper cleaning and check for early signs of any problems.
For more information on animal dentistry in Shorewood and the surrounding areas, call Excelsior Animal Hospital at 952-474-1106, or you can contact us to Schedule an Appointment.