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10 Reasons Why You Should Take Care of Your Pet's Teeth


February is National Pet Dental Health Month! To celebrate, we've pulled together some of our best dental-health articles for cats and dogs, which you can page through below, as well as the top reasons caring for your pet's teeth is so important.

Here are our top reasons why dental care is really important!

1. A pet with healthy teeth equals a pet with better breath!

2. Dental disease can actually lead to problems with your pet’s organs, such as the heart.

3. Retained baby teeth can cause problems in pets too! Did you know that full grown dogs have 42 teeth and full grown cats have 30 teeth? Before their adult teeth grow in, though, their baby teeth have to fall out. Sometimes, not all of the baby teeth want to come out. This can lead to problems like gum irritation and tartar buildup.

4. Caring for your pet’s teeth can prevent other health problems, saving you tons of money over the long term!

5. You need regular dental care and you brush your teeth everyday – why wouldn’t your pets? Your veterinarian and these handy videos can help you learn to brush your dog's teeth and your cat's teeth.

6. Did you know that 4 out of 5 dogs over the age of 3 years have some sort of periodontal disease? It can be caused by the buildup of plaque, so it’s important to go in for regular dental checkups and cleanings. Learn more about the importance of removing plaque from your cat’s teeth in our video, Why Is It Important to Remove Plaque On My Cat's Teeth?

7. Pets that don’t get dental care can painfully lose their teeth – this can be terribly painful and cause serious health problems.

8. Your dog and cat are very good at hiding pain – you might never know that your pet has a serious dental problem until it’s very advanced. This is yet another reason it’s important to take your pet in for regular dental checkups.

9. Teeth wear out! Your pets are tough on their teeth. Learn the symptoms to keep your pet from experiencing the pain of severely worn teeth.

10. Learn more about the importance of dental care by visiting our dog dental-care centers and our cat dental-care centers.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

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8 Reasons Why You Should Take Care of Your Pet’s Teeth

Most pet owners don’t realize the importance of dental health. Like with humans, poor pet hygiene can lead to other health problems. Kidney disease, heart issues and lung health are all tied to your pet’s dental health. In honor of Pet Dental Health Month here are a few other reasons why it’s important to take care of your pet’s teeth:

  1. 85% of pets have dental decay by as young as three years old. Dental health should start from the time of adoption, regardless of your pet’s age.
  2. Pets are hard on their teeth. As they age enamel will wear down and regular cleanings will help protect the teeth.
  3. Without regular care of your pet’s teeth, tooth loss is a real possibility. Your pet can suffer painful tooth loss without routine care of the teeth and mouth.
  4. Bacteria from periodontal disease is a big problem, because it enters the pet’s blood stream. That’s where the other aforementioned health issues can start to affect the pet.
  5. Dogs have about 42 teeth and cats have about 30. While baby teeth most often fall out, some baby teeth remain. Regular checkups can catch any gum irritation in your pet that might result from baby teeth hanging on.
  6. When your pet is examined dental problems aren’t the only thing the vet might find. Proper dental exams can find other issues that may arise around the gums and the rest of the mouth. Growths or wounds that are caught early will help preserve the life of the pet.
  7. Some dental treats do help the overall health of the pet’s mouth. However you shouldn’t replace dental examinations by a professional vet by only using dental bones and other foods for pets.
  8. If you notice your pet has unusual bad breath it could be a sign of tooth decay or other problems in the mouth. Other signs include: Trouble chewing, drooling, pawing of the mouth and loose teeth.

For many pets, occasional dental cleanings are advised. The vet may apply anesthesia to the animal for most cleanings and/or x-rays. Quivira Road Animal Clinic specializes in pet dental cleanings and we can develop a plan with you to keep up on your pet’s dental health. Make an appointment for your pet’s dental cleaning here and follow us on Facebook for more pet health news and advice.


9 Reasons Why You Should Take Care of Your Pet’s Teeth

Taking care of your pet’s teeth is crucial to their well being. Here are the 9 top reasons why you should be concerned about your pet’s dental hygiene.

1. A pet with healthy teeth equals a pet with better breath!

2. Dental disease can actually lead to problems with your pet’s organs, such as the heart.

3. Retained baby teeth can cause problems in pets too! Did you know that full grown dogs have 42 teeth and full grown cats have 30 teeth? Before their adult teeth grow in, though, their baby teeth have to fall out. Sometimes, not all of the baby teeth want to come out. This can lead to problems like gum irritation and tartar buildup.

4. Caring for your pet’s teeth can prevent other health problems, saving you tons of money over the long term!

5. You need regular dental care and you brush your teeth everyday – why wouldn’t your pets?

6. Did you know that 4 out of 5 dogs over the age of 3 years have some sort of periodontal disease? It can be caused by the buildup of plaque, so it’s important to go in for regular dental checkups and cleanings.

7. Pets that don’t get dental care can painfully lose their teeth – this can be terribly painful and cause serious health problems.

8. Your dog and cat are very good at hiding pain – you might never know that your pet has a serious dental problem until it’s very advanced. This is yet another reason it’s important to take your pet in for regular dental checkups.

9. Teeth wear out! Your pets are tough on their teeth. Learn the symptoms to keep your pet from experiencing the pain of severely worn teeth.


Watch the video: 9 Signs You Take Care of Your Pet Wrong But It Cant Complain (July 2021).