Preventive Dental Care
Routine dental care matters.
Warning signs that your pet may have dental issues:
- Persistent bad breath.
- Red, swollen or bleeding gums.
- Pain in the mouth indicated by a reluctance to chew.
- Dropping food.
- Teeth chattering.
- Unwillingness to play with objects using the mouth.
If your pet exhibits one or more of these warning signs, it's important to have your pet checked by a veterinarian who utilizes the latest tools and has training in pet dental care. And since most pets do not show signs of dental issues until problems are occuring, it's important to have an annual dental check-up with your vet.
How can I help my pet maintain good oral hygiene?
The best way to make sure your pet’s teeth remain healthy is by having routine annual exams. Whether you have a puppy or kitten with a mouth full of baby teeth or an adult pet whose teeth need to be checked for plaque, tartar, or dental disease, having a veterinarian examine them is the first step to making sure they’re in good health.
During your pet’s comprehensive physical, your veterinarian will perform a dental health assessment and make recommendations for preventive care. Sometimes this will mean performing good home preventative care, other times, it will mean scheduling an appointment for a dental cleaning or extraction.
Although we recommend brushing your pet’s teeth daily as part of a good preventive care routine, we understand that it’s not always possible. Luckily, there are other ways to maintain your pet’s oral health when you can’t brush their teeth.
- Utilize water additives
- Give your pet a dental chew every other day
- Choose food and treats that control plaque and promote dental health
- Schedule dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian
Call us at (303) 534-5440 to schedule your pet’s oral health assessment or dental cleaning.