Did you know that you can add 2-4 years to your pet’s life with proper dental care?
Dental hygiene is an important part of of your pet’s health and can often be the cause of serious illness. If left untreated, dental problems can lead to larger systemic issues in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the bloodstream and damaging the kidney, heart and liver. It is estimated that more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of three have dental disease.
Common signs of dental disease include
- Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Pawing at the face
- Loose teeth
Your pet’s annual check up and dental cleaning is the best way to promote healthy teeth and gums. Every dental cleaning involves scaling and polishing the teeth both above and below the gumline and full mouth digital x-rays to help detect tooth and bone loss.
Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body: Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. If these problems aren’t caught and treated quickly enough, they can result in death. A physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if infection in the mouth has spread.
Dental Care for Pets in Saint Louis Park, MN
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