Even though crunching on kibble and chewing on dental treats and raw bones will certainly scrape calculus from teeth, it’s not nearly as effective as ongoing dental cleanings and routine brushing. Here are five reasons you need to get your dog’s teeth cleaned.
What Is A Dental Cleaning?
A dental cleaning is sometimes called a prophylaxis. When a dog’s teeth are cleaned, plaque and tartar are removed from the teeth, and a dog’s entire mouth is assessed. The physician will look at the gums, lip, tongue, and teeth. A thorough dental cleaning can be done only while the dog is under anesthesia. Anesthesia will keep your dog completely free of pain during the procedure and allow your vet to fully inspect the teeth. A dental cleaning is quite extensive, and a lot can occur during one.
Some of the following might occur during a dental cleaning:
- Removal of tartar and plaque from the teeth
- Removal tartar and plaque from under the gum
- Application of a dental sealer
- Repair of fractured teeth
- Assessment of dental disease
Routine inspection of our dog’s mouth is critical to catch impending dental disease.
Signs Of Dental Disease Include The Following:
- Bad breath
- Painful chewing
- Missing teeth
- Pawing at the mouth
Reasons To Get Your Dog’s Teeth Cleaned
#1. Dog Teeth Cleaning Is Essential
Eight out of ten dogs have some type of periodontal disease by the age of two. This is characterized by an inflammation affecting any of a number of the structures supporting the teeth – the roots, the gums, the bone around the roots, etc.
#2. Dental Disease Is Dangerous
Dental disease can lead to bad breath, difficulty chewing, and teeth loss. You don’t want your dog to have to live with that. Taking care of your dog’s teeth is just as important as taking care of any other part of your dog’s body.
#3. Bacteria Can Cause Disease
Bacteria underneath the gums can travel to essential organs like the heart, kidneys, and liver. You don’t want your dog to get a serious disease because you didn’t do regular teeth cleaning.
#4. Professional Dental Cleaning Is Required For Plaque And Tartar Removal
Professional dental cleaning is absolutely essential to remove tartar and plaque from a dog’s teeth and to assess the health of a dog’s mouth.
While you might think that only humans need regular teeth cleaning, you’re wrong. There are tons of reasons why dogs need regular teeth cleaning. If you thought a dog would be inexpensive, you were wrong there, too. The bottom line is that you’ve got to put a lot of work into your dog’s health – and that includes regular dental cleaning and brushing.
Once your dog gets a professional dental cleaning, you can get tips from your veterinarian on what to do at home. There is a lot you can do to stop the progression of dental disease at home.