Most pet owners know the importance of dental care for their animals, but many still don’t make it a priority. In 2022, that needs to change. Dental problems are a common veterinary issue and can lead to serious health problems down the road if not treated. Here are just a few reasons why you should make pet dental care a top priority in the new year.
#1: Most pets have some form of dental disease, which makes dental care essential
It is estimated that more than 80% of pets have some form of dental disease by age 3, so it’s unlikely your pet has a healthy mouth. As your pet ages, they are even more likely to develop a dental disease if no preventive measures are taken.
#2: Untreated dental disease can be exceptionally painful for pets
Oral bacteria can cause painful gingivitis, loose teeth, tooth root abscesses, and jawbone loss if left untreated. Many pets hide dental disease signs until it becomes too painful to eat, at which point they may need teeth extracted or extensive oral surgery. Regular at-home and professional dental care can keep your pet comfortable and healthy and help prevent potentially costly problems.
#3: Dental disease can cause systemic infections in your pet
Plaque is a sticky bacterial film that forms on your pet’s teeth within hours after a meal. The bacteria accumulate over time and can leach into your pet’s bloodstream, seeking out their heart and kidneys. Oral bacteria particularly like to attach to the heart valves and can cause serious disease.
#4: Brushing your pet’s teeth can be a fun experience
Brushing your pet’s teeth doesn’t have to be a struggle. Instead, take it slow and arm yourself with flavored pet toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush or finger brush. Allow your pet to lick off the toothpaste before trying to brush their teeth, and they’ll soon catch on to this rewarding experience.