Wewoka Animal Hospital

Pet Dental Care

Dental care is an essential part of your pet’s overall health. When oral hygiene is neglected, pets can develop dental disease which negatively affects other systems in the body and may lead to tooth loss. A pet's dental health is just as important as their physical health, however, it often goes overlooked. The reality is that oral hygiene plays a huge part in ensuring your pet lives a long, healthy life.

Dental Examinations

When it comes to a dental exam, our veterinarians will want to make sure to go over a number of things. It is considered a routine exam, so you’ll want to make sure to get your pet scheduled at least one a year. This brief examination will be the first step our vet will take in order to determine if there are any dental concerns or issues you should be aware of. They’ll be taking a look at the tongue, teeth, and gums. One of the best parts about this time is that you are able to create a dental regime for your cat or dog.

Dental Cleanings

Dental disease is the most common condition affecting dogs and cats, and it can start developing early if proper teeth cleaning is not applied. By committing to keeping your pet’s mouth healthy you’re also helping to prevent:

  • Bad breath
  • Plaque and tartar buildup
  • Painful infection of the gums (gingivitis)
  • Loose and/or broken teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Periodontal disease, in which the gums recede and the roots of the teeth decay due to bacteria buildup
  • Potential heart, liver, or kidney disease, should bacteria from your pet’s mouth enter their bloodstream (bacteremia) and travel to any of these organs
  • A much lower quality of life for your pet

At-Home Dental Care

As a responsible pet parent you know that your pet relies on you for everything. From the correct feeding and drinking schedule to their exercise and training, it’s up to you to provide your pet with all of their needs. Making sure your pet has complete dental at home is just as important and anything else. Knowing how to properly care for your furry friend’s mouth is going to create a healthy environment.

A proper teeth cleaning routine will allow your pet to avoid having plaque and tartar build up. This can lead to painful things like gum disease that causes both irritation and inflammation or even infection. Not having a healthy mouth can lead to painful teeth or even bone loss, generally creating a lower quality of life for your cat or dog.

Don’t worry though, because you have the Wewoka Animal Hospital team here to teach you everything that you need to know about at-home dental care.

This may include:

  • Utilizing water additives
  • Giving your pet a dental chew every other day
  • Choosing food and treats that control plaque and promote dental health
  • Scheduling dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian

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