Most people are pretty good about taking care of their oral health. They go to the dentist every six months for a checkup and a cleaning, and they brush their teeth twice a day. We do this to keep our teeth healthy and beautiful, and because good oral health is an important part of overall health. But, did you know that your pet’s teeth require the same kind of attention to detail as your own? While you may not worry about how white your pet’s teeth are, there are plenty of dental concerns that can turn into overall health concerns if they aren’t addressed, and keeping your pet’s teeth healthy is a key part of keeping your pet healthy.
Pets aren’t exactly known for having minty-fresh breath, but bad breath isn’t as innocent as many people realize. If your dog has chronic bad breath that makes you want to wear a clothespin on your nose, there’s a chance that they could have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the most common condition that adult pets suffer from — affecting the vast majority of cats and dogs over the age of three — and bad breath is often the first noticeable sign of trouble.
Unfortunately, catching periodontal disease early on is easier said than done, as it starts under the gumline, and even as it develops, 50 percent occurs below the gumline, where it can’t be seen by the naked eye. By the time obvious symptoms occur, such as bad breath or a loose tooth, significant damage has already taken place. Treatment methods vary. If the disease is still in its early stages, the treatment will be centered around preventing attachment loss and controlling the plaque. If the disease has advanced enough, more intensive methods, like periodontal splinting or bone replacement procedures, may be necessary. When it comes to periodontal disease, your best option is prevention, and that involves regular brushing and a healthy oral hygiene routine.
Whether you’re concerned that your pet has periodontal disease, you’re interested in preventing it or your pet’s teeth need to be cleaned, The Vet Set has your pet’s dental needs covered. We even have our own dental suit at our animal hospital in Carroll Gardens! Best of all, we offer mobile veterinary services, so we can bring the dental care your pet needs to your door.