Pet Dental Care and Oral Health Maintenance
Your pet’s overall health largely depends on their oral hygiene, which should be managed on a daily basis to prevent tartar buildup, swollen gums, and dental disease. Dental disease is especially serious because its effects are not limited to the mouth. Given enough time, dental disease can affect major organs like the heart, liver, and kidneys. With yearly exams and routine pet dental care cleanings at our hospital in Colchester, your pet can avoid this painful condition and enjoy a much better quality of life.
What is Dental Disease?
Dental disease is a common but preventable condition caused by excessive plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth. When this material hardens over time and creeps under the gum line, it secretes bacteria that attack the tooth root and surrounding gum tissue. This can lead to painful swelling, loose teeth, and an infected heart, liver, or kidneys (if bacteria enters the bloodstream).
Typical symptoms of dental disease include:
- Red, swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Brown/yellow teeth
- Broken and/or loose teeth
- Excessive drooling
- Decreased appetite
- Loss of interest in chewing and playing tugging games
- Swelling of the face/muzzle
Prevention is the Best Treatment
The best way to manage dental disease is to catch it early in its development, treat it, and prevent it from developing again in the future. Being proactive and using dental treatments at home when your pet is young is an important start. As your pet ages, these should be enhanced with routine professional care at our hospital.
Contact us at (860) 537-3435 for advice on how to manage your pet dental care routine at home. Every pet should have a treatment plan that suits their medical needs and gives them the chance to enjoy a longer, healthier life.