It’s a no-brainer that we humans have to take ourselves to the dentist and follow a daily oral hygiene ritual, but why don’t we automatically assume the same thing for our pets? The truth is that they need a little dental care just as much as we do. Here, we’re going to look at just a few of the reasons why.
All the better to kiss you with!
If your pet has clean teeth and a healthy mouth, it also results in fresher breath. This is particularly important for those dogs that can’t get enough of those kisses. What’s more, if they’re not suffering from aches and disease, they’re all the happier for it.
Decay is an issue
Cats, dogs, and other animals can suffer tooth decay, too. Daily brushing is essential for preserving their teeth. Dental disease affects 70% of household pets, but it can be prevented very easily with a little more care from you, the owner.
They get toothaches too
Our pets are good at hiding pain, and it can be hard to find out exactly what the issue is if you suspect something is up. A daily oral hygiene ritual and regular checks can ensure that they’re not suffering a toothache in silence. Many pets don’t show the signs that they’re in pain until it becomes particularly severe.
Retained baby teeth are a common issue
One problem you should be on the lookout for is retained baby teeth. These extra teeth cause friction due to crowding, which can be very painful, and displacement of the adult teeth. Retained baby teeth also increase the risk of gum irritation and plaque buildup.
You need to check for fractured teeth
Ever wonder how your pet can play so roughly with their toys when you’re sure your teeth would be aching after? The truth is that sometimes they do chew, tug, and play too rough. Their teeth can wear down as a result, leading to painful breakages. If they’re not eating as much or drop food when they’re eating it, it could be a sign of fractured teeth. Daily oral care for your pets can decrease their risk of breakages by making their teeth stronger.
Dental problems affect more than the teeth
Just as is the case with humans, dental problems can lead to an increased risk to the heart and other vital organs like the kidneys in dogs and cats. In some cases, a tooth infection can become potentially fatal, too.
Better for everyone
If you take care of your pet’s teeth, you can prevent a whole host of potential issues, from periodontal disease to breakages and even heart problems. This results not only in a happier, healthier pet but can also save you money in the long run. It costs a lot less to look after their teeth now than to pay for treatment of much more severe problems down the line.
Looking after your pets’ teeth is important not just for maintaining those chompers but for the good of their general and long-term health as well.