As the New Year begins, it’s a good time to focus on your pet’s health and well-being. Pet dental care is an important part of overall preventive care, and regular exams and cleanings can help keep your pet healthy and smiling. If regular pet dental care didn’t make your top resolutions for 2022, here are four reasons to convince you otherwise.
#1: Most pets have some form of dental disease, which makes dental care essential
It is estimated that more than 80% of pets have some form of dental disease by age 3, so it’s unlikely your pet has a healthy mouth. As your pet ages, they are even more likely to develop a dental disease if no preventive measures are taken.
#2: Untreated dental disease can be exceptionally painful for pets
Oral bacteria can cause painful gingivitis, loose teeth, tooth root abscesses, and jawbone loss if left untreated. Many pets hide dental disease signs until it becomes too painful to eat, at which point they may need teeth extracted or extensive oral surgery. Regular at-home and professional dental care can keep your pet comfortable and healthy and help prevent potentially costly problems.
#3: Dental disease can cause systemic infections in your pet
Plaque is a sticky bacterial film that forms on your pet’s teeth within hours after a meal. The bacteria accumulate over time and can leach into your pet’s bloodstream, seeking out their heart and kidneys. Oral bacteria particularly like to attach to the heart valves and can cause serious disease.
#4: Brushing your pet’s teeth can be a fun experience
Brushing your pet’s teeth doesn’t have to be a struggle. Instead, take it slow and arm yourself with flavoured pet toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush or finger brush. Allow your pet to lick off the toothpaste before trying to brush their teeth, and they’ll soon catch on to this rewarding experience.