FAQs About Your Pet's Dental Health
The veterinarians at Pet Vet Animal Hospital and seasoned pet owners in Fort Bend County know that pet dental care involves far more than cosmetics. More than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of dental disease before they are three years of age.
Plaque and tartar buildup can cause oral lesions and tooth loss due to periodontal disease. The secondary effects occur in certain body organs such as the liver, kidney, and heart. Less than 10% of all dental problems for dogs involve tooth decay. Most dental problems in dogs and cats are caused by periodontal disease. Below are some frequently asked questions that we’re asked about pets and dental care.
Do pets have the same dental problems as humans?
No. Tooth decay and/or cavities are a more common problem for people. Less than 10% of all dental problems for dogs involves tooth decay. Most dental problems in dogs and cats are caused by periodontal disease.
What causes plaque and tartar to form?
Your dog or cat has thousands of bacteria in their mouths. As bacteria multiply across the surfaces of teeth, an invisible layer called plaque (or biofilm) begins to develop. If allowed to build up over time, tartar is formed as plaque thickens and mineralizes. Accumulated tartar below and above the gum line can lead to inflammation (gingivitis). Further accumulation of plaque sometimes leads to periodontal disease.
What can I do about my pet’s dental health?
Some types of treats and chew toys aid in reducing the buildup of plaque and tartar. There are certain pet foods specially formulated for dental diets that reduce plaque. Pet toothpaste (not human) is available in flavors that appeal to pets, including beef and poultry.
Why does my pet need a professional dental cleaning?
A veterinarian can examine your pet for underlying disorders and deep clean your pet’s teeth in ways that you cannot. Dental x-rays are often recommended if the veterinarian suspects a tooth root problem. All of this is done under general anesthesia ensuring the experience is painless leaving your pet and you happy to return.
Does this require an appointment?
Yes. We need to set aside some time to perform bloodwork and a thorough examination before proceeding.
Your Local Fort Bend County Animal Hospital
If you are in the Friendsworth or Houston areas and you’re concerned about your pet’s dental health, book an appointment with Pet Vet Animal Hospital. We will provide a full examination for your furry friend and then discuss any dental issues we find.