Dental Care for Pets

Oral hygiene is an essential part of pet care. Dental disease is a common problem for pets, which is why you shouldn't neglect this part of your pet's health. At Magnolia Animal Hospital in Raleigh, we can help you take better care of your pet's teeth.

The Importance of Pet Dental Care

Dental care is one of the best ways to prevent dental disease and other oral health problems, such as tooth loss. Dental infections, periodontal disease, and other oral health issues can lead to serious and costly problems. Taking care of your pet's teeth often leads to more affordable pet care.

Not only can dental care help prevent bad breath, but it can also reduce the risk of serious health problems that are linked to periodontal disease, such as organ damage and broken teeth. Along with regular dental cleanings from a veterinarian, you should be caring for your pet's teeth at home.

Signs of Dental Disease

When plaque builds up on your pet's teeth, it can harden into tartar. That tartar can travel below your pet's gums, leading to gum inflammation and periodontal disease. Some signs that your pet has oral health issues include:

  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Excessive drooling
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Refusing food and drink
  • Loose teeth

How to Promote Good Oral Health

Dental treats and brushing are great ways to keep your pet's mouth healthy. In addition to these treatments, there are dental toys that are designed to promote good oral health while your pet plays. You should also bring your pet to see a vet for regular check-ups. During these check-ups, your veterinarian can examine your pet's teeth and look for signs of oral health problems. If your pet has signs of dental disease, the vet may recommend a professional cleaning.

Don't Overlook the Importance of Pet Dental Care

If you want to take great care of your pet, make sure you're taking excellent care of his or her teeth. At Magnolia Animal Hospital in Raleigh, we are happy to answer all your questions about oral hygiene for pets. You can depend on us for affordable pet care to keep your furry friend’s mouth healthy. Call our team today at (919) 873-9190 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.