Our human dentists recommend that we have our teeth cleaned professionally every six months and to brush our teeth at least twice a day at home. There is scientifically proven reasoning behind these recommendations. It is known that dental health is directly related to not only the mouth itself, but is also strongly correlated with the health of many other body systems. Poor dental health and hygiene is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, respiratory illness, neurologic diseases such as dementia, kidney disease and much more. We know this to be true in people, but much the same can be said for our 4-legged companions as well. Dental care is not only extremely important for us, but also for our pets.
As part of your pet's annual exam each year, our veterinarians will assess the health of their mouth and teeth. We can help you make an appropriate home care plan and discuss recommended timing and frequency for professional dental cleanings as well. Dental care is much easier and less invasive, if we can take a preventive care approach rather than addressing issues after dental disease has progressed to the point of advanced periodontal disease and tooth loss. It is a goal of ours that none of our patients would lose teeth unnecessarily or have issues with dental health related systemic disease. If you have concerns about your pet's oral health, please do not hesitate to contact us today for an evaluation.