Why Dental Hygiene is Important For Pets

Dental hygiene is a critical aspect of pet health that many owners tend to overlook. They focus on almost every other factor, but their pets' dental health slips their minds. At Concord Veterinary Clinic in Concord, CA, we recommend brushing your furry friend's teeth regularly – every day if possible. We also welcome you to our clinic for diagnosis and treatment of suspected pet dental issues.

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Avoiding Bad Breath

It is very common to see dogs licking their owners' faces to get attention or show affection. Now imagine if he/she had bad breath; it wouldn't be a pleasant experience. Proper dental care can help you avoid this situation. When you brush your pet’s teeth, you remove tartar and residue buildup that causes bad breath. Our veterinarian will help you select the right toothbrush and toothpaste for your pet.

Preventing Dental Diseases

Tartar buildup not only causes bad breath but also causes gum infections that can lead to periodontal disease. This dental disease is painful. If you've ever experienced a toothache, you know the excruciating pain that comes with it and would never want the same for your animal. By ensuring proper dental health, you can prevent issues like these from occurring.

If the gum infections are serious, they can affect the structures that support your pet's teeth and weaken them. That can lead to the loosening or falling out of teeth. Losing teeth will eventually lead to eating problems and malnutrition. Better pet dental hygiene ensures the gums remain strong and healthy and your pet’s teeth remain in place for proper chewing and overall body health.

Avoid Internal Problems

If the pet's gums are infected, germs and bacteria can spread from the mouth to other parts of the body, such as the heart and lungs. Here too they may cause damage and make your pet sick, requiring them to get checked by a veterinarian. If Observe proper dental health to prevent things like these from happening and costly vet visits. Mouth bacteria spreading to internal organs can lead to serious illness and even death.

Identifying Pet Dental Issues

Even with proper dental hygiene, some issues may still occur. The secret is staying on the lookout for anything unusual and bringing them to our vet for a checkup. Signs of pet dental issues include:

  • Drooling
  • Avoiding foods and drinks
  • Broken teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath

Veterinarian in Concord, CA

If you need pet dental care in Concord, CA, the animal wellness professionals at Concord Veterinary Clinic are ready to assist you. For more information or to schedule an appointment with our vet, call us at (925) 338-2375.

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