Bad breath, broken teeth, pain, and early heart disease are a few of the problems your pets develop without good dental hygiene. Veterinary Medical Associates strongly recommends our dental care services for all small mammal companions, beginning in the first year.
Does My Pet Really Need Dental Care?
Dental care is important to the wellbeing of your animal companions, and necessary for a long, healthy life.
Gum Disease Harms Your Pets
Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth. It begins when plaque is deposited on the teeth from eating food and treats.
At first, the plaque is soft enough to brush away. If it isn’t removed, plaque hardens into tartar and spreads under the gum line, causing infection in the gums and around the root of the tooth. This stage is characterized by inflammation, red and swollen gums that bleed easily, and discomfort for your pet.
As infection spreads, gum tissue is destroyed, the tooth socket erodes, and the teeth become loose, damaged, and broken. This condition is quite painful, and without proper dental exams you may never know your pet is suffering.
Prevent Pain In Your Pet
Sadly, without dental care, periodontal disease occurs in nearly every pet within the first few years. Preventing this pain and suffering is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Regular dental exams;
- Professional teeth cleaning as needed; and
- Home care to maintain the teeth.
At Veterinary Medical Associates, we make dental care part of your pet’s personal wellness plan. Call us to schedule a dental exam for your pet.