Pets experience the world with their mouths. From chewing and tasting to biting and licking, they use their mouths to explore the world around them. That is just one small reason why good dental health is so important for pets of all ages. PetCura Animal Hospital in Livermore believes so strongly in the importance of good pet dental care that we have a dedicated state-of-the-art dental suite in our office. We use this suite to keep our furry friends in the Livermore area smiling for years to come.
Why is Pet Dental Health So Important?
Your pet’s dental health is important because it directly correlates to the overall health of your pet. For instance, poor dental health could be an indicator of another health condition. It could also become the cause of other health conditions, including organ damage related to bacteria entering the bloodstream from dental infections. The oral health of your pet is indicative of its overall health. The better shape your pet’s smile is in, the healthier the foundation your pet has to begin with. Good dental care from your veterinarian is the place to begin.
Issues Pet Oral Exams Should Address
There are specific things veterinarians are looking for when administering an oral exam on a pet. They include looking for things like:
- Bad breath
- Teeth that are broken or loose
- Discoloration of teeth or tartar build-up
- Oral pain
- Bleeding in the mouth
- Swelling in or around the mout
The veterinarian may ask questions about appetite changes, abnormal chewing habits, dropping food from the mouth, etc. during the examination as well. These things can be indicative of some of the common dental health problems that pets experience.
Common Pet Dental Health Problems
There are many different health conditions that may cause dental health issues in your pet. Some of them include things like broken jaws, physical defects, tumors or cysts, etc. These things can be easily discovered during a visual inspection of your dog’s mouth. Other oral health problems pets experience include:
- Broken teeth
- Infected (abscessed) teeth
- Bite alignment issues
- Periodontal diseas
In fact, periodontal disease is alarmingly common in pets today with many pets exhibiting signs of the disease by the time they reach the age of three. Unfortunately, without aggressive preventative care, the disease will only worsen over time leading to lost teeth and a tremendous amount of pain for your pet as it ages. This is one disease that affects more than the mouth and can lead to problems with the kidneys, liver, and heart of your pet in addition to the dental damage that it causes.
Call us Today for a Free Dental Exam and Estimate
Don’t let your pet’s dental health become a question mark. Make it a priority. Contact PetCura Animal Hospital in Livermore today to schedule a free pet dental exam for your precious pet.