Dental Care For Your Pets

Peridontal disease is the #1 health problem diagnosed in dogs and cats.*

By five years of age, 95% of all dogs and cats have tooth and gum disease. Signs include bad breath, reddened gums, and plaque and tartar accumulations on teeth. Bacteria from plaque can spread in the blood causing infections of the kidney, liver, lung and heart. To prevent periodontal disease and painful teeth, we recommend regular oral exams and preventive dental care. Like you, your pet will require regular professional dental cleanings to prevent serious infections, mouth pain and tooth loss. Companion Animal Hospital offers digital dental radiography to detect advanced periodontal disease, bone attachment loss, tooth impaction, tooth root infection (pulpitis) and painful tooth abscesses.

Before Dental Cleaning After Dental Cleaning
Plaque and tarter on dogs teeth before dental cleaning. Teeth look much better after dental cleaning.
Plaque and tartar are visibly present on teeth. Untreated, plaque and tartar can develop into bad breath, tooth loss or worse. Professional dental care is needed.
A professional dental cleaning at our office removed plaque and tartar both on the teeth and below the gum line, preparing the teeth for home dental care.

Why is preventive dentistry for dogs and cats so important?

  • Gum disease, when untreated, can lead to heart, liver and kidney problems.
  • Gum disease is the most common disease in dogs (as in humans!).
  • Bacteria proliferate and, if not removed, will cause inflammation of the oral tissues.
  • Tests have shown that one brushing can remove 50% of pathogenic bacteria.

How often should teeth be brushed and when do you start?

  • Ideally, start brushing teeth daily when the permanent teeth have come in at 6 months of age.
  • Have teeth thoroughly scaled and polished by the veterinarian annually.
  • Use a soft bristle brush and edible toothpaste made for pets.
  • Brush your pet's teeth like you brush your own. Start gently your finger and gauze or use a finger brush.

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*Source: Lund EM, Armstrong PJ, Kirk CA, et al. Health status and population characteristics of dogs and cats examined at private veterinary practices in the United States. J Am Vet Med Assoc 1999;214:1336-1341.

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