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Dogs and cats are not as prone to cavities as humans are, but they can experience many of the other common dental problems that people do. Just like in people, dental health is an important part of remaining healthy overall for pets. Here at Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Crossville, our veterinarian can help you ensure that proper pet dental care is provided for your furry companion.
Periodontal disease is common in dogs and cats, with most animals over the age of 3 displaying some level of the condition. Other problems that may develop include broken or cracked teeth, abscesses, and cysts. Dental conditions can be painful and have effects on kidneys and heart.
Just like in people, periodontal disease occurs as a result of plaque hardening into tartar on your pet's teeth. This causes irritation, inflammation, and infection. Pets with periodontal disease may have secondary side effects such as problems with their heart, liver, or other organs.
The number one thing that you can do for your pet's dental health is brush their teeth. Using a soft toothbrush designed for pets and a toothpaste made for dogs or cats, introduce your pet to the idea slowly so that they get used to you rubbing their teeth. Proper brushing improves pet dental health significantly and reduces the need for cleanings.
The majority of issues in your pet's mouth are likely to be under the gum line. For this reason, pet dental cleanings require anesthesia so that your veterinarian can take radiographs (x-rays) of your pet's teeth and provide a thorough cleaning that would be painful if they were awake. Most pets will need regular cleanings. Our veterinarian can discuss what your pet's specific dental health needs are so that you can make the best choice for them.
Our veterinarians can also make recommendations for dental care products that can help keep plaque and tartar at bay. There are many dental products for pets on the market, not all of which are effective. Toothpaste, chew bones, water additives, and more are available, and our veterinarian can help you sort through them all and choose safe, effective options.
Here in Crossville, our veterinarians at Best Friends Veterinary Hospital provides pet dental care for dogs and cats of all types. Your pet should have regular screenings of their teeth, usually during their annual exam, but be sure to make an appointment sooner if you notice signs of a problem. To make an appointment, call us at 931-459-2006 today!