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The Importance Of Pet Dental Care

Would you skip brushing your teeth for years? Or forgo the visit to the dentist for years? Your answer is most likely no, yet According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dental care for cats and dogs is one of the most overlooked areas in the care of pets. Dental health in pets is just as important as it is for humans. Improper dental care can lead to diseases that not only affect the teeth but can lead to heart, lung and kidney diseases. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has developed a guide for veterinarians and veterinary technicians to follow to help ensure your pet has the best dental care.

Pet Dental Care from Your Veterinarian

There are two main types of dental care for your pets: oral examinations and dental cleaning. Your veterinarian and veterinary technician should provide regular oral examinations for pets starting when they are puppies or kittens. The AAHA also recommends the following for pets beginning at one year of age:

  • Dental x-rays of the teeth done periodically to help detect for abnormalities in your pets teeth.
  • Scaling and polishing your pets teeth to remove plaque from your pets teeth.
  • Fluoride treatments and sealants to help strengthen your pets teeth.
  • Dental cleanings where your pet undergoes anesthesia.

Home Dental Care For Pets

While your veterinarian must provide dental care, there are also many things you can do as a pet owner. The dental health of your pet is not solely the responsibility of your veterinarian. Some of the top things you can do for your pets teeth include:

  • Regular teeth brushing
  • Soft chew bones
  • Pet food or treats with enzymes that help with dental maintenance

Proper dental care for your pet will not only help their teeth but extend your pets life.

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