Dental Problems Often Go Undetected

June 29, 2011 at 7:36 am Leave a comment

Dental care is a huge problem in veterinary medicine, with 80 percent of patients having some level of dental disease.  It often goes undetected and many clients are fearful of having their pets sedated for dental cleanings.  Dental disease is not just confined to the mouth.  As oral infections progress, bacteria from the mouth goes into the bloodstream and affects organs such as the kidney, liver and heart.

There are some easy steps you can take today to help prevent your dog or cat from developing significant dental disease.  First, feed a high-quality diet and eliminate or limit people food.  A good diet will leave less residue on the teeth.  Provide some level of routine oral care; there are many options available including brushing; treats and chews; oral drops and rinses; oral paste; and products to add to water.  Schedule dental cleanings at the earliest point that this procedure is recommended.  When a cleaning is done early on in the disease process, the anesthetic time is shorter, extractions are less likely, and it slows down the progression of oral pathology so your cherished companion experiences less pain overall.

This article is taken from the Stockton newspaper ‘The Record’.

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