Pet Dental Care from a Veterinarian at Our Animal Hospital
Are you a pet owner looking for ways to keep your pet healthy? Taking care of your pet's teeth can be an essential part of any pet health routine. Whether it’s brushing his teeth daily or scheduling regular visits with the vet, providing proper dental care for your pet can mean the difference between good and bad oral hygiene. At Lakewood Pet Vet Animal Hospital in Lakewood, CA, we understand the importance of pet dentistry and are here to help you keep your pet’s teeth clean and healthy. Here are some reasons why pet dental care can be important.
Prevent Bad Breath
Pets may get bad breath from the food they eat, but it’s often a sign of dental problems. Plaque and tartar buildup can cause bacteria to grow in your pet’s mouth, which results in an unpleasant odor.
Regular dental care helps reduce plaque and tartar buildup, so that you don’t have to worry about bad breath. It may also reduce your pet’s risk of developing oral diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontal disease. You can also get regular dental checkups at a professional animal hospital for optimum care.
Prevent Organ Damage
Keeping your pet’s teeth clean helps prevent infection in their gums. Bacteria can enter the bloodstream and travel to other organs, potentially causing serious damage.
The bacteria that cause periodontal disease and dental caries can also lead to infections in other parts of the body, including the heart, kidneys, and liver.
Regular dental care for pets can also help prevent heart disease by removing plaque from their arteries.
Avoid Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease (or gum disease) is an infection that affects the structures around your pet’s teeth, such as their gums. It may start off with inflammation of the gums, but if it progresses, it can damage your pet’s tooth enamel and bone structure.
The bacteria that cause periodontal disease may be found in plaque and tartar. If the plaque isn’t removed, it can irritate your pet’s gums and lead to periodontal disease. A veterinarian on our veterinary team can advice you on the best toothpaste for your furry friend. Regular human toothpaste is not recommended.
Prevent Tooth Loss
Tooth loss is a serious problem for pets. Not only does it mean your pet’s mouth will be in pain, but it also means that his ability to chew and eat food is greatly diminished. To prevent tooth loss, it might be a good idea brush your pet’s teeth regularly using a soft-bristled toothbrush and appropriate toothpaste.
Get Pet Dentistry Services from a Veterinarian on Our Veterinary Team at Our Animal Hospital
Pet dentistry can be an important part of keeping your pet healthy and happy. Regular teeth brushing, trips to the vet for check-ups, and providing plenty of chew toys are all ways to help protect your pet’s oral health. If you have any questions about taking care of your pet’s teeth, don’t hesitate to reach out to Lakewood Pet Vet Animal Hospital. Visit us at our practice in Lakewood, CA, for a checkup. Call us at (562) 925-2300 for more information.