As our pets age dental disease can start to set in. We often start noticing signs from around the age of 5 (which equates to around 35 in human years). Dental disease can affect the internal organs and the overall health of your pet. There are some measures you can take to help slow or prolong the effects of dental disease at home.
Dental disease occurs due to the build-up of dental plaque. Plaque, which then hardens to become tartar, can build up as a result of poor mouth structure/conformation, individual or breed susceptibility, dietary preference for soft foods, or presence of broken teeth. This process produces inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). With an exposed tooth root or broken tooth, bacteria can seed into the pulp cavity and root producing an abscess.
Chronically infected teeth can cause severe pain, changes in eating habits, bad breath, loss of teeth, loss of body condition, and the bacteria within the plaque can serve as a source of chronic infectious material that can affect other organs of the body such as the liver, kidney and heart.
How to help prevent dental disease:
· Dental diets such as Hill’s t/d or Royal Canin dental work to actively clean soft plaque away, and prevent the build-up of new plaque (which will develop into tartar)
· Aquadent is a water additive that works like an anti-septic mouth wash every time your pet drinks.
· Tooth brushing with a soft toothbrush or a special finger brush and pet toothpaste, is a veryeffective way of preventing dental disease when done regularly.
· Dental chews may also assist with dental health
Annual dental checks are an important part of an annual health check, and will identify problems early and prevent them from becoming big problems. If you have any concerns about your pet’s dental health, we recommend having their teeth checked by a Veterinarian.
Give us a call today to book your pet in or to help keep their and gums healthy.