Dental care is essential as problems in the mouth can spread to other parts of your pet’s body. Poor dental hygiene is associated with other health problems like kidney and heart disease. When your pet’s dental hygiene is neglected, they develop plaque and tartar, which ruins their gums and teeth. Fortunately, many dental problems can be treated and managed with dental checkups and at-home care.
What are the signs of poor dental health?
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Red/swollen or bleeding gums
- Chewing on one side
Do pets need professional dental care?
Yes! Think about how you care for your own mouth. Many of us brush daily but still go to the dentist for a professional cleaning bi-annually. Well, it’s the same for your pets; they need at least one professional dental cleaning each year. We can properly examine your pet’s mouth and clean below the gum line. With dental tools, we can remove hardened plaque (tartar) and get your pet’s teeth sparkling white. Our team will discuss at-home care, extractions, and surgery at each dental checkup if necessary. To schedule your pet’s dental cleaning, call us at 604-856-7707.
How can I care for my pet’s teeth at home?
The best form of at-home care for your pet is to brush their teeth daily. Using a pet-safe toothbrush and toothpaste can prevent your pet from developing dental disease. You can purchase toothpaste that come in different flavours like mint or peanut butter, making the process more enjoyable for your pet. Our team can demonstrate how to safely brush your pet’s teeth. In addition to brushing, you should be mindful of the toys you give your pet. You should avoid real bones and hard toys that aren’t chewable as they can damage the teeth. Your veterinarian may also recommend dental chews that help clean your pet’s teeth while they chew.