Dental and Oral Health
Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Without proper preventive or home care, plaque and tartar can build up, which may cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues (gingivitis) or even bone loss (periodontitis).
Sixty percent of dental disease is hidden below the gum line. Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about screenings, cleanings and products available to help keep those pearly whites clean.
Why does my pet have bad breath?
Plaque, which is material consisting of bacteria, saliva and food particles, accumulates on your pets teeth after each meal. The bacteria begins to excrete toxic waste products and enzymes that break down the gum tissue. As the infection continues, the gum-line becomes inflamed (gingivitis), which in turn causes a very foul-smelling odor. If the plaque is allowed to remain on your pet’s teeth, within a few days it begins to materialize and forms the brown tartar that you can see. If this is left untreated, it can result in abscessed teeth, which must be extracted, and can place additional demands on the heart, kidney’s and liver- shortening your pet’s happiness and life!
What can be done to help?
Brushing: Preventing periodontal disease begins at home. By brushing your dog’s teeth on a regular basis, you will help to reduce plaque buildup. BE SURE TO use a toothbrush and toothpaste specially designed for dogs!
C.E.T. HEXtra Chews: There are chews available with a certain antiseptic called Chlorhexidine which has been proven to prevent plaque build up. As your pet works on the chews, the antiseptic is released to coat their teeth and help stop the formation of tartar. Come in today and ask us about C.E.T. Chews!
Dental Cleanings: Regular professional dental cleaning under general anesthesia, including areas under the gum line will help remove plaque and tartar on teeth. This can help reduce the bacteria’s contribution to periodontitis.