Pets are important members of the family, and just like people, they need to take care of their teeth. Good dental hygiene can help your pet live a long and healthy life. Magruder Tabb Animal Clinic provides a wide range of services to keep your pet healthy, including dental and oral health services. We know your pet's importance to you and we are dedicated to providing the best possible care.
Prevent Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is a severe condition that can affect dogs and cats and it's important to start practicing good dental hygiene early to prevent it. This mouth disease begins with plaque and tartar deposits. This prompts inflammation of the gums. Periodontal disease can cause tooth loss, pain, and other health problems if left untreated. One concerning effect is the possibility of dangerous bacteria seeping into your pet's bloodstream and affecting the major organs.
Avoiding Other Dental Issues
Good oral hygiene for your pet can also prevent other issues with your pet. These include the following:
- Tooth loss - Dogs and cats with dental issues tend to chew on their paws or other body parts due to pain.
- Bad breath - Bad breath can be a sign of an underlying problem. If your pet has foul breath, check its teeth as soon as possible.
- Tooth discoloration - This is another sign of cavities or other dental problems.
- Tooth fractures - Pets with dental issues are at a higher risk of fracturing their teeth.
How to Take Care of Your Pet’s Teeth at Home
As a pet owner, you may wonder how to care for your pet's teeth at home. Here are some tips to help you get started. Feed your pet a healthy diet. This will help keep their teeth and gums healthy. Secondly, brush your pet's teeth regularly. You can use a special pet toothbrush or a soft-bristled human toothbrush. It's not necessary to do it every day, but your pet will get used to it if you do it more often. You can also give your pet dental chews or toys to help clean its teeth.
How A Veterinarian Helps with Dental Care
Veterinarians play an essential role in helping to maintain dental hygiene for pets. We can help remove tartar and plaque from teeth, as well as prevent cavities and gum disease. We use special tools and focus on the gum line where plaque buildup is prevalent.
Contact Our Veterinarians in Yorktown, VA
At Magruder Tabb Animal Clinic, we understand dental hygiene's importance in your pet's health. Don't hesitate to make an appointment with us to keep your pet's teeth and gums in check. Call our team today at (757) 865-6510 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.