How do I know if my pet needs his/her teeth cleaned?
Signs that your pet may need his/her teeth cleaned can vary anywhere from bad breath to your pet having difficulty eating or no longer showing interest in food. It is very important to have your pet’s teeth and gums checked annually to ensure that no problems exist or are causing pain to your loved one.
Are radiographs of my pet’s teeth really necessary?
Yes. Often times there are problems that exist with the teeth or gums that can’t be seen without the use of dental x-rays. It’s always better to be safe than sorry with your pet’s teeth!
How can I prevent tartar buildup on my pet’s teeth?
Your dentist recommends that you brush frequently to ensure that no problems occur with your teeth or gums. The same holds true for your pet. Although brushing your pet’s teeth every day may not be practical, it is highly recommended that you brush your pet’s teeth at least 2 – 3 times a week.
The American Veterinary Dental Society recommends a full dental cleaning every 6 months for your pet, the same your dentist recommends for you. Imagine what that cleaning procedure for you would be like if you didn’t brush your teeth between dental visits. Just as in humans, home dental care is the single most important aspect of regular dental care for your pet.