Do Pets Really Need Dental Care?
Yes! Pets, like people, need regular dental care. Studies have shown that greater than 85% of dogs and cats over 3 years of age have some form of dental and/or gum disease. Imagine not brushing your teeth or having them cleaned for 3 years!
How Is Dental and Gum Disease Prevented?
and gum disease in cats and dogs can be prevented with routine dental cleanings, regular examinations, and a healthy diet. All of these can significantly improve your pet’s quality of life and extend their longevity.
Unfortunately, there are some factors that contribute to tartar build-up that are beyond our control. These factors are why some pets need more dental care than others. Factors beyond our control include:
- How much a pet chews its food
- How much saliva a pet produces
- The shape, size and placement of the teeth (genetic)
- The type of bacteria in the mouth
What can you do?
Routine cleaning of your pets teeth at home and if necessary, dental prophylaxis provided by your veterinary care team.