Dental Health for Pets

Pet Dental Health

Dental disease is the most overlooked disease in veterinary medicine. Current statistics estimate that 95% of dogs and cats will have dental disease requiring correction at some time during their lives. This can range from the build up of dental tartar and plaque to a severe form of dental disease called periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is dental disease that has progressed to the point of losing supporting bone around the tooth. As the tooth begins to loosen, your pet becomes vulnerable to even more damage. Dental disease can lead to seeding other areas of the body with infection, harming vital organs such as the:

  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Liver
  • Kidneys

Approximately 20% of dogs and cats suffer from periodontal disease (infection of the bone surrounding the tooth), so we see this as a significant and potential problem for every pet.

As an AAHA-accredited veterinary facility, we follow the AAHA Dental Care Guidelines. These guidelines recommend regular oral examinations and dental cleanings, under general anesthesia, for all adult dogs and cats. AAHA recommends these procedures at least annually starting at one year of age for cats and small-breed dogs, and at two years of age for large-breed dogs.

Home Dental Care for Your Pet

Bringing your pet to us is not the only measure to take in preventing dental problems. As a pet owner, you play an important role in your pet's dental health through regular teeth brushing. For more information on getting started, click on the links below:

Brushing your dog's teeth

Brushing your cat's teeth

To find out more about dental health in pets, explore these informative websites:

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