If the eyes are the window to your pet’s soul, your pet’s teeth are the window to their health. Your pet’s dental health is more than bad breath and having pearly whites you can see from across the room. Dental problems can escalate quickly, cause severe pain, and lead to other health issues.
What You Need to Know About Your Pet’s Mouth: Busting 4 Pet Dental Health Myths
Let’s take a bite out of pet dental misinformation. You probably don’t spend a great deal of time thinking about your pet’s teeth. You’ve probably even heard some of these myths. In this blog, we’d like to give you some insight into the importance of proper pet dental health.
Myth #1: All Cats and Dogs Have Bad Breath
Does your pet have breath that makes you cringe? While bad breath may seem insignificant, it isn’t. Bad breath can be a symptom of teeth and gum deterioration.
Myth #2: Pets Don’t Care If They Don’t Have Sparkling White Smiles
While your pet is likely unaware of the appearance of their teeth, they most definitely know if they’re in pain. Dental pain can also cause long term chronic discomfort and lower your pet’s quality of life. Cavities, infection, broken teeth, and inflamed gums can make a pet more withdrawn and less social.
You probably remember from elementary school that the mouth is the first stop in the digestive system. When pets have dental pain, they may eat less or not chew their food properly. This may result in weight loss and even malnutrition.
Myth #3: Plaque and Build Up are Harmless
When plaque sits on your pet’s teeth, it hardens into a mineral substance that can no longer ‘just be brushed off’ and transforms into tartar.
Bacteria love tartar! Why? It’s more rough and jagged than the smooth enamel of clean teeth. It latches on and grows. Bacteria lead to gingivitis which is painful. Gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease which can cause severe pain and often results in tooth extraction.
Let’s Work Together to Promote Healthy Pet Smiles!
Get ready for those fresh kisses and kitty or puppy smiles! Your pet deserves a healthy mouth.
Give us a call today to make an appointment for your pet’s dental cleaning and dental exam.
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