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Exploring The Importance of Dental Care For Pets 

Dental care is a cornerstone in our overall health. The same rings true for our pets. Though oral healthcare for pets is far less common than in humans, healthy teeth and gums are equally as important to your pet’s overall wellbeing as they are to yours. As February is National Pet Dental Health Month, let’s take the time to prioritize our pets’ health by learning more about the importance and process of veterinary dentistry. 

The Impact of Poor Oral Health In Pets

Dental care for pets goes beyond just aesthetics. The condition of your pet’s teeth and gums is connected to their overall health. What you may believe to be just a minor dental concern can be caused by much more complex and dangerous illnesses or diseases.

The Risk of Overlooking Your Pet’s Dental Health 

Dental issues in pets vary. However, in any case, they can be extremely uncomfortable to your pet, resulting in a decreased quality of life. Common dental ailments seen in pets include broken teeth, tumors, jaw fractures, misalignment, infections, and periodontal disease. Among these issues lies the potential for more severe health consequences, increasing the risks of certain types of cancer, liver and kidney failure, and damage to the heart muscles. 

The Role Of Your Veterinary Dentist

Your pet’s normal dentist will typically observe your pet’s teeth and gums at their annual appointments. However, for more intricate dental care, they will refer you to a veterinary dentist. A veterinary dentist is a board-certified veterinarian with additional education and training regarding pet oral healthcare. 

What To Expect At Your Pet’s Dental Appointment

You may feel nervous about your pet’s first experience with a veterinary dentist. We’re here to walk you through what you can expect. The process begins with an oral assessment to observe your pet’s teeth, gums, and oral structures. Depending on their visual evaluation, your veterinary dentist may recommend further diagnostic tests, such as X-rays to gain a deeper understanding of your pet’s tooth roots, jaw, and gum health. If your pet is getting a dental cleaning, the procedure is performed while your pet is under anesthesia to mitigate complications and anxiety.

Get your pet on track to their best oral health by contacting your trusted veterinarian today to schedule a check-up.

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