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Posted on 12-28-2011
Imagine if you never brushed your teeth or visited a dentist. Not only would you have a serious case of bad breath, but your teeth and gums would also be at risk for infections, cavities and other oral health problems. These same problems can happen to our cats and dogs, too!
Pets need annual dental cleanings and regular tooth brushing just like humans. Not only will brushing teeth help control doggy breath, but tooth brushing is essential to maintaining healthy gums. When dogs and cats eat their food, it's easy for tiny particles to get stuck along the gum line, leading to the growth of bacteria. A bacterial infection can cause gingivitis, and in serious cases, even enter the blood stream and affect your pet's internal organs. A few stuck pieces of food can cause a serious health problem!
In fact, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society, nearly 85% of adult pets suffer from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a precursor to more serious health problems, including gingivitis.
Here at Deer Park Animal Hospital, your Hampton Roads and Newport News vet is committed to keeping your pet healthy and active for life. Just like a regular physical exam and vaccinations, routine oral cleanings are an essential part of pet wellness care.
Our Newport News pet dentistry services can help keep your pet healthy for life. During a regular dental cleaning at our veterinary clinic, our veterinarian will scrape off any plaque that has built up along the gum line and polish your pet's teeth. For the comfort of your pet, we administer anesthesia prior to the cleaning. We also conduct comprehensive blood tests to ensure that the anesthesia is safe for your pet, and we carefully monitor your pet at all times during the cleaning.
We are also happy to show you how to safely brush your pet's teeth. As a pet owner, you should aim to brush your dog's teeth once every week using a special toothbrush just for pets. Never use a "human" toothpaste or a toothbrush on your pet. Our vet can help you select a specially designed toothbrush or use a smaller brush that fits on your finger for ease of brushing.
Do you have questions about your pet's oral health care? Is your pet reluctant to let you brush his or her teeth? We can help! Post a question below.
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