Nine Nifty Reasons To Take Care of Your Pet’s Teeth

Good dental health and hygiene is important to your pet in order to help insure a long and happy life.  Here are nine nifty reasons why:

  • A pet with healthy teeth equals a pet with better smelling breath.
  • Dental disease can actually lead to problems with your pet’s organs such as the heart.
  • Did you know that retained baby teeth can cause problems in pets?  Full grown dogs have 42 teeth and adult cats have 30 teeth.  Just like humans, before the adult teeth grow in, baby teeth have to fall out.  Sometimes, not all of the baby teeth want to come out.  This can lead to problems like gum irritation and tartar buildup.
  • Practicing good dental hygiene at home can prevent other health problems, saving you a lot of money in the long run.
  • You need regular dental care and you brush your teeth everyday….so does your pet.  We have a wide variety of dental hygiene products to help you keep your pet’s mouth clean and healthy.
  • Eighty-five percent of all pets have periodontal disease by the time they are three years of age.  It can be caused by the buildup of plaque, so it is important to go for regular dental checkups and cleanings.
  • Pets that don’t get dental care can painfully lose their teeth.  This can be very painful and cause other serious health problems.
  • Your pet is very good at hiding pain.  You may never know that your pet has a serious dental problem until it is very advanced.  This is just another reason why it is so important to bring your pet in for regular checkups.
  • Teeth wear out! Your pets are very tough on their teeth.  They chew on things their entire life.  According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, the most common cause of worn teeth is pruitis, also known as itching and chewing.  Hair is very abrasive and “will commonly cause severe wearing of the incisors, although the canines can also be affected. This can progress all the way to the gumline, and occasionally below.”  How many of you have a dog that loves tennis balls?  They can also have serious consequences.  Tennis balls are very abrasive and with heavy use will eventually wear and blunt teeth.  “Dogs that chew on tennis balls or other abrasive toys (think of tennis balls as a scouring pad), will often wear their smaller front cheek teeth (premolars), and the back aspect of the canines. This abrasion won’t do much over the course of one day, but chewing every day for years can cause significant wear.” Other hard objects like hard dog toys, fences, crate bars, etc., are also things that you need to watch out for.  Finally, malocclusions can cause two teeth to come together and wear on each other.”  Of course, we want our pets to enjoy their toys, but do so in moderation in order to keep that smile that you so love.

 

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Information provided by Pet Health Network, vetStreet, and the Canine Training Center.