Why is Pet Dental Hygiene So Important?

Most people know that dental hygiene can be critical to their overall health. Unfortunately, many pet owners do not know the same applies to their animal companions. They schedule regular dental cleanings to keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy but often overlook their pets’ dental hygiene.

Animals need healthy teeth and gums for eating, protection, and playing. So, you want your beloved animal companion to have excellent oral hygiene. Routine dental care can provide the following benefits:

Keep Your Pet Comfortable


Inflammation, infections, and tooth decay can cause pain and discomfort in your pet. Unfortunately, your furry friend cannot tell you when they are in pain. Often, pet parents realize something is wrong when the symptoms are severe. Your pet could live with pain and discomfort for months before you notice a problem. 

Proper dental hygiene and care will help your veterinarian identify issues before they cause dental and health complications. Regular dental care can help your animal pal lead a pain-free, happy, and healthy life.

Prevent Tooth Loss


Pets need healthy teeth and gums to chew their food correctly. Losing even a single tooth can lead to chewing difficulties. If you fail to provide proper dental care for your pet, they could develop periodontal disease. 

That can cause inflammation and infection of the periodontal ligament and jawbone, leading to tooth loss. Your furry friend could lose all their teeth if you do not address the problem promptly.

Maintain Fresh Breath


Contrary to what many believe, bad breath is not normal for pets. It is a sign of poor dental hygiene. You can eliminate bad breath by cleaning your pet’s teeth, making your daily snuggle sessions more enjoyable.

Maintain Proper Nutrition


When animals have healthy gums and teeth, they are more likely to eat comfortably and maintain a proper diet. Otherwise, they might have trouble drinking and eating, leading to weight loss and health problems. Spare your pet from these problems by following good dental hygiene practices.

Safeguard Overall Health


Minor dental problems can quickly develop into significant health issues. Bacteria in your pet’s mouth can get into their bloodstream and spread to vital organs. That can lead to organ damage, a potentially deadly health condition. Fortunately, you can avoid it through proper dental care.

If you have been neglecting your animal companion’s oral health for years, it is not too late to start doing the right thing. Take your pet to a veterinarian for an examination as soon as possible. Your vet will create the appropriate treatment plan to address any dental and health issues to prevent disease progression while alleviating pain and discomfort. 

For more on pet dental hygiene, visit the Circle of Life Animal Hospital at our Tampa, Florida office. Call (813) 850-0600 to schedule an appointment today.

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