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Taking care of your pet’s dental health is important for a variety of reasons. Not only can poor dental health lead to unsightly teeth, bad breath, and tooth loss, it can also lead to other health problems that you may not be aware of. As your veterinarians near Watertown, CT, we are committed to caring for all aspects of your pet’s health – including his or her teeth and gums. We encourage you to make an appointment for a dental checkup today!
Pets may be less likely to develop cavities than humans, but that does not mean they are immune to dental issues. Pets, both dogs, and cats, can easily develop the periodontal disease if their teeth are not brushed regularly and they do not get periodic teeth cleanings. Plaque builds up along the gum line, eventually hardening into tartar and potentially leading to an infection known as periodontal disease. If the infection becomes serious enough, bone loss can occur, teeth can be lost and other health issues can result – including damage to the heart, kidneys, and liver.
Fortunately, a yearly or bi-annual pet dental exam can usually prevent periodontal disease. Even if the periodontal disease does develop, a regular pet dental exam will spot the early warning signs and allow us to treat the problem sooner rather than later – when treatment yields the best results.
In addition to periodontal disease, other common pet dental problems we can screen for include:
We advise pet owners to get their pet’s dental health checked at least once a year. Sometimes, when pets are older or more prone to dental problems, more frequent dental exams are necessary – like twice a year. Of course, if you believe your pet is experiencing dental issues currently, then the time to get an exam is now. Some dental issues that indicate the need for a checkup include:
If plaque and/or tartar has built up sufficiently on your pet’s teeth and under the gum line, we will advise you to get your pet’s teeth cleaned by our vets. A proper teeth cleaning requires putting your pet under anesthesia, as it is the only way to allow us to get up under the gum line and remove the plaque that has developed. While teeth cleanings may be offered without anesthesia, such cleanings are not sufficient to fully protect your pet’s dental health. Anesthesia is a necessity for a proper cleaning.
Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth can do a lot to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar. If you have questions about brushing, please let us know and we can show you how to do it safely and effectively.
Please contact our pet care team to schedule a dental exam with one of our vets. Watertown Animal Hospital proudly serves Watertown and the surrounding communities of Waterbury and Oakville. Contact us at 860-274-2212 today to schedule your appointment