Take a bite out of dog dental disease with proper care
The best way to deal with dental problems is prevention! With proper home care, most dental problems are completely preventable.
One of the best prevention tools is a toothbrush. Brushing your dog's teeth regularly can help prevent many of the most serious dental issues. And it's easier than you think.
In addition to brushing, there are many other things you can do at home to ensure your dog's teeth stay healthy - from oral rinses to dental chews.
Importance of regular dog dental checkups
Bringing your dog in for an annual checkup and cleaning is a vital part of keeping them healthy. During a checkup visit, your dog will be evaluated for any obvious periodontal disease, which includes infection or inflammation of tissues and structures surrounding the teeth. Your veterinarian will determine if a follow-up cleaning appointment is needed.
If a cleaning is required, your veterinarian will recommend anesthesia to minimize stress and discomfort and to provide the most optimal evaluation and cleaning. During this appointment, a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing will be performed and if indicated, full-mouth x-rays to detect deeper problems with the tooth roots. Your dog will be continuously monitored while under anesthesia.
Know the signs
Check all that apply below and see if your dog is at risk
You have done a great job keeping your dog's teeth healthy.
Keep up the good work; visit your veterinarian once a year for a thorough dental checkup to keep your dog's teeth clear of trouble.
Your dog might be showing signs of periodontal disease.
Visit your veterinarian for a complete oral health examination to find out what's the root of the problem.