Healthy teeth and gums are essential to your pet’s overall health. Routine pet dental exams and cleanings can help your pet maintain good oral health. The answers to the following FAQs compiled by our St. Louis veterinarian provide essential information on how to preserve the health of your pet’s teeth. At St. Louis Veterinary Center, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have concerning pet dental care.
Are Pet Dental Problems Common?
Pet dental issues are more common than people think. Most pets over the age of 5 years have some form of periodontal disease. Gum disease can weaken the bone structure of your pet’s teeth, making him more susceptible to tooth loss. Left unchecked, bacteria from the disease can enter your pet’s bloodstream, putting him at risk of liver, heart, and kidney damage.
How Do I Know if My Pet Has Problems with His Gums or Teeth?
There are signs you can look out for to indicate that your pet is suffering from dental problems. If you’re in the habit of brushing your pet’s teeth, you can easily notice if he has broken, loose, or discolored teeth. Red, swollen gums could also indicate your dog or cat has an abscess or gum disease.
Dental problems may cause your pet to lose his appetite or make it difficult for him to chew and swallow. He may rub his face often due to discomfort and pain. If you suspect your pet may have dental problems, contact our St. Louis veterinarian for a checkup.
How Often Should My Kit or Pup Have a Dental Cleaning?
Most pets can benefit from an annual dental cleaning to maintain good oral health. At this time, we’ll remove the plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth, particularly under the gum line. If your pet has dental problems or gum disease, he may need cleaning more often.
Does My Pet Need Anesthesia to Get His Teeth Cleaned?
We use general anesthesia to keep your pet still and protect him from pain during cleanings. Pet dental cleanings generally involve a thorough examination, x-rays, and cleaning beneath the gum line, which cannot be accomplished unless your pet is anesthetized.
Is It Really Necessary to Brush My Pet’s Teeth at Home?
Absolutely! Brushing your kit or pup’s teeth at home at least 2-3 times a week can help keep his teeth and gums healthy. We can help you choose the right toothbrush and toothpaste for your pet and offer tips on simplifying this task.
See Your St. Louis Veterinarian for Pet Dental Care
Pet dental care is an important part of your pet’s overall veterinary care. For quality dental care services to enhance your pet’s oral health, contact St. Louis Veterinary Center at 314-492-8548 today.