Your pet’s mouth can be the gateway to more serious health issues: excessive tartar, tooth decay, periodontal disease and even oral abscesses may lead to major medical conditions, i.e. those involving the heart, liver and/or kidneys.
To prevent serious health problems, you should have your pets’ oral and dental health evaluated by your veterinarian regularly. The most effective preventive treatment for dental disease is a professional teeth cleaning. Only with a professional dental cleaning can your veterinarian be able to fully assess your pet’s dental health. The Steinway Court Veterinarian does this by scaling bacteria and tartar off the tooth surfaces as well as from under the gum line. At times, dental X-rays and/or performing more advanced procedures will need to be done if indicated.
Some warning signs to check for in between checkups are:
- Bad breath
- Tartar build up
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Change in eating habits
- Fractured or abscessed teeth
Most people brush regularly and take care of their pets teeth because they know dental conditions can be painful and costly. With daily brushing, regular dental exams and a diet that promotes dental health, pet owners can help pave the way to good overall well-being for their pets.