According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 70% of adult cats and 80% of adult dogs show symptoms of oral disease. Around here, we take it very seriously! Over time, bacteria lead to plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth. The result is bad breath, reddened gums, and other common signs of dental disease. Infections that can enter through the gums and mouth may lead to heart disease and kidney disease. Oxford Veterinary Hospital’s veterinarians and staff can help you set up a dental care plan that will prevent decay and promote your pet’s continued health.
Why regular dental exams are so important:
Poor oral hygiene can lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth loss, bone loss, oral pain, abscesses and infections, excessive drooling, and difficulty eating. Additionally, because bacteria in the mouth can be absorbed into the bloodstream, other organs, like the heart, kidneys, and liver, can suffer as a result of poor oral hygiene. When your pet comes to Oxford Veterinary Hospital for his or her annual health exam, our veterinarians will carefully examine the health of the teeth, gums, and the inside of the cheeks and mouth. Depending on the condition of the teeth, any signs of decay, or buildup of plaque, our Vets may recommend an in-office, sedated dental cleaning. Most pets benefit from a professional cleaning once a year.
Why regular dental cleanings are so important:
Most pets do not tolerate anyone poking around in their mouth. When your pet comes to Oxford Veterinary Hospital for a professional cleaning, under anesthesia, their teeth are cleaned and all plaque buildup removed both above and below the gum line. Damaged or decaying teeth can be attended to and any necessary extractions performed. This kind of professional deep cleaning restores the condition of a pet’s mouth so that at-home care will be effective.
What you can do at home:
We do recommend brushing your pet’s teeth at home. Talk to our veterinary team to get tips and create good oral health habits for your pet’s that extends to their daily routine. Since many pet owners struggle to brush their pet’s teeth regularly and bacteria accumulates under the gum line, regular dental cleanings conducted by the veterinary health care team are important.
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