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The Dirty on Dental Disease
Would you go without brushing your teeth for months on end? And if you did what would your teeth look like and more importantly what would your breath smelll like? Now take a look inside your dog or cats mouth, is that what you envisioned, yellow stained teeth with a mountain of brown tarter and breath that could melt your eyelashes. If your pet is like most pets their teeth are not being brushed daily, probably not even at all. Unfortunately, most pet owners do not realize the importance of good oral health and the consequence for the lack of it.
Puppies and kittens are born without teeth, but by 2-3 weeks their baby teeth have emerged and by 6 to7 months they already have their adult teeth established. Dogs end up with a mouth full of 42 teeth while cats have only 30. The objective there after is to keep those teeth healthy for the remainder of their lives. In order to preserve your pet’s oral health it is important to understand the process of dental disease. The first step towards dental disease is the formation of plaque. Plaque is simply as mixture of food, bacteria and saliva that sticks to the tooth. If this mixture is not removed it takes only days for hard tartar to begin to form. Tartar or calculus forms when minerals from the saliva begin to harden. The more tartar there is the more surface area there is for even more tartar to form. This hard bacteria filled formation can lead to numerous problems. The most obvious and recognizable is bad breath. There is no wonder why pets with dental issues have bad breath when you consider the amount of bacteria that is living in their mouth. Although bad breath may stop you from giving your pet a good night kiss it is only the beginning to what tartar build up can lead to. Gingivitis and gum disease are also very common. The bacteria can cause irritation to the gums resulting in inflammation, redness and bleeding. If left untreated infection and tooth loss are almost guarantied. The most serious side of dental disease is called bacteremia, the bacteria in the mouth enters the blood stream and can cause damage to the kidneys, liver, and heart.
The best way to fight off dental disease and all its effects is prevention. It is important to establish an oral health routine with your pet from their first days as a puppy or kitten. All routines should include yearly exams with the veterinarian. If recommended your pet should have a professional cleaning. Depending on the severity of their oral health and their temperament they may be either a candidate for a traditional anesthetic dental or a non-anesthetic dental.
In between professional cleanings at home care is essential. At home care can include brushing, oral rinses, and special diets and treats. If begun as a puppy or kitten many pets are tolerant to at home preventive care. Next time you are brushing your own teeth remember that Fido and Fluffy can benefit from the same type of oral care routine as you and that preventing dental disease can your save your pets teeth and you money.