I hate brushing my teeth! The time it takes to get out my toothbrush, squeeze out the toothpaste, and then to actually spend the time brushing! –Did you know you’re supposed to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes? Twice a day?! I don’t have time for that. And don’t even get me started on flossing! I haven’t brushed my teeth in 20 years…
Okay, none of that’s true, but as extreme as that might sound, that is exactly what some of us do to our pets. The result is that dental disease affects nearly 85 percent of dogs and cats over three years of age. Fortunately, dental disease is treatable and preventable!
Did you know?
- Periodontal disease tops the list of the most diagnosed disease in pets.
- Bad breath can be one of the first signs of periodontal disease.
- Dental disease may be a common health problem, but it comes with potentially severe health implications. Periodontal disease can lead to serious organ conditions such as kidney disease, liver disease, and heart damage.
- When it comes to pain, your pet is a master of disguise. They may be eating and behaving normally even though they may have painful loose teeth, periodontal disease, gingivitis or broken teeth.
- Pet’s teeth should be brushed daily. Pet dental food, treats, and chews can seem like easy solutions, however, they mostly just clean the surfaces of teeth. Brushing and feeding a dental diet are recommended in-between dental visits, but cannot solely replace professional dental care.
- Rather than waiting for periodontal disease to be diagnosed, routine dental cleanings, including x-rays to identify problems we can’t see just by looking in your pet’s mouth, can help prevent the disease from occurring and can save not only teeth, but money, in the long run.
Your pet makes you smile every day, taking care of their dental health is one way you can help their smile.