Did you know that board-certified veterinary dentists state that pets can live 15-20% longer with regular dental care? That is a lot of additional time that you could spend with your healthy pet. Dr. Ted Hankes has many years of hands-on veterinary dental experience, ranging from healthy pet teeth cleanings, extractions, and oral surgery.
How does regular veterinary dental care help my pet live longer?
Dental disease in pets begins just as it does in humans, with bacteria in the mouth. Without brushing or professional cleaning, these bacteria will start to harden and form plaque and tartar. Continued neglect of your pet's teeth can lead to tooth and gum decay, leading to pain and difficulty eating. Even worse, constant swallowing of these bacteria can damage the liver, kidneys, and heart. Regular brushing and cleaning both at home and by veterinary professionals can neutralize this bacterial threat to the organs of the pet, thus increasing their life expectancy.
What are some of the signs of oral disease in pets?
Studies indicate that by three years of age, untreated dogs and cats will have symptoms of dental disease. Some of the most common signs of an unhealthy mouth include:
- Bad breath
- Gingivitis, including redness and swelling at the gum level
- Loss of appetite, or inability to eat crunchy food
- Loose teeth
- Bloody mouth or gums
If your pet companion exhibits any of these symptoms, please schedule an appointment to have them examined at All Creatures Pet Hospital.
Whether you have a puppy or kitten that you would like to begin proper dental care or an older pet that has never had a cleaning or exam, it is never too late to start them on the road to oral health. Dr. Hankes and his compassionate staff will not only examine and clean the teeth of your pet, but he will also be happy to educate you on how to care for their teeth at home. Schedule a dental exam for your furry family member at All Creatures Pet Hospital today!