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Why Dental Hygiene Is Important for Pets

Why Dental Hygiene Is Important for Pets

Part of responsible pet ownership is making sure your pet’s teeth are taken care of. According to a recent study, nearly 85 percent of all pets have some sort of dental disease by the age of three. The good news is most dental problems can be prevented with regular care and veterinarian pet dental visits. If you live in the Centennial area, contact the Cherry Knolls Veterinarian Clinic for more information.

Causes of Pet Dental Problems

Cavities are less common in pets than in people, but there are a variety of other dental problems that can occur. This can include broken teeth, periodontal disease, abscesses, and infected teeth, cysts, tumors in the mouth, and a broken jaw. The most common dental issue is periodontal disease.

Symptoms of Dental Issues

Some of the most common pet dental symptoms include bad breath, excessive drooling, difficulty chewing, loose or missing teeth, and pain. If you notice any of these signs and symptoms, it may be time to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.

Home Care

One of the best ways to keep your pet’s teeth clean is to brush them at home with approved pet toothpaste. If you’re unsure what to use, your veterinarian can make a recommendation. Daily brushing removes food particles stuck between your pet’s teeth. When you brush and care for your pet's teeth at home, you reduce the frequency of veterinarian dental visits. Aside from brushing, there are also pet dental diets and treats that can help you keep plaque and tartar to a minimum.

For more information on pet dental care, contact the Cherry Knolls Veterinary Clinic in Centennial at (330) 779-1170. We can schedule an appointment for your pet's dental clinic or offer advice on appropriate pet dental care products.

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