Reasons to keep your best friend’s teeth clean and healthy:
Increased life span – Untreated periodontal disease can send bacteria to the heart and kidneys, which ultimately can lead to much more serious issues.
They’ll have fresh breath for nice smelling kisses – If you are already smelling bad breath (“My cat’s breath smells like cat food”), there’s a good chance an infection is already present in the mouth.
Just like us, pain and discomfort can be relentless with infected teeth or gums– some signs to look for include red, inflamed gums, difficulty eating, abnormal drooling, strong mouth odor, and weight loss.
Save Money – It’s not unusual for some dogs or cats to require a dental cleaning as early as 4 to 5 years old. Some pets will even need to have their teeth cleaned every one to two years for the rest of their life. If your pet develops periodontal disease (infection, gum loss, bone loss, & loose teeth), the cost for dental x-rays, extractions, & oral surgery can be much more expensive. In the long run, prevention usually is the best medicine!
Just like you, tooth care and regular dental cleanings are important to maintain normal teeth and gums and generally mean a healthier and happier pet. A mouth-full of clean, white teeth not only looks nice but can be a good indicator of the pet's dental and overall health.Most importantly, it makes those morning licks much more tolerable!
Sadly, pet dental health is often overlooked. When left unchecked, common problems can lead to pain, discomfort, odor, and in some cases, extensive surgical procedures.
It is extremely important to have your pet's teeth checked and cleaned regularly. They can’t brush their own teeth, so it’s up to you to help your pet achieve healthy teeth and gums.