Amy R Nickels, DVM

According to the American Animal Hospital Association, nearly two-thirds of pets suffer from dental

problems from lack of dental care. Just as in humans, not brushing leaves bacteria and plaque in your

pet’s mouth. As this plaque hardens into tartar and builds up on the teeth, it starts to invade between

the teeth and gums. Left unchecked, your pet can face gingivitis, loss of gum and supporting structures,

and eventually the loss of a tooth. Abscessed teeth frequently develop from this process or from a

fractured tooth. These abscesses can lead to infection, problems eating or drinking, or serious health

complications in your pet’s heart, kidneys, or liver.

One sign that your pet may be having dental problems is bad breath. Other signs may include a

disinterest in eating, drooling, loose teeth, pain when touched, inflamed or red gums, and bleeding. If

you notice any of these signs in your pet, it is important to make an appointment with your veterinarian

right away. But don’t wait for these signs to be visible, brush their teeth daily! With annual dental

cleanings and regular brushing, you could prevent these symptoms from ever developing.

Fortunately, there are many steps that can be taken to insure good oral health for pets. You are not

alone in the fight against pet dental decay! Ask your veterinarian to show you how to brush your pet’s

teeth and look for dental problems. Your pet care professional can also recommend dental care

products, food choices, and appropriate chew toys. The two of you can work together to set a schedule

for professional dental care based on the condition of your pet’s teeth, age, and breed. With regular

care, you and your veterinarian can help your pet experience a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Don’t ignore your pet’s teeth! Call us today to insure your pet keeps those pearly whites for a long time

to come! (931) 393-2707