Pet Dental Care
Bad breath in pets is often a sign of a greater issue than what is commonly referred to as “doggy breath.” In fact, bad breath in pets is often an indication of a deeper pet dental issue: an unhealthy mouth! Bad breath is caused by bacteria in the oral cavity which leads to the buildup of tartar and plaque on the surfaces of teeth, and eventually dental disease.
What Are the Signs of Pet Dental Disease?
When your pet’s dental condition has begun to deteriorate, it’s important to watch for the signs of dental disease in the oral cavity. Signs of dental disease may include:
- Bad breath
- Discomfort while chewing
- Loose teeth
- Missing teeth
- Reddened gums
Professional Pet Dental Care and Ongoing Dental Hygiene
Keeping your pet’s mouth clean and healthy is an important part of keeping the rest of their body healthy. Poor oral health has been linked directly to other health conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease, and more. The best way to ensure that your pet’s mouth remains healthy is through ongoing professional pet dental care at our Libertyville animal hospital.
A professional pet dental consists of an examination of your pet’s mouth, teeth, and gums to identify any underlying issues. Depending on our findings, we may prescribe a more detailed evaluation to be performed under sedation, a professional pet dental cleaning, and an at-home oral care regimen.
The Importance of Pet Dental Care
Pet dental health should never be neglected. The health of your pet’s mouth has a direct effect on their overall physical health as well as their longevity! At our animal hospital in Libertyville, pet dental care is one of our most important concerns. We strive to provide each pet with complete dental care to ensure that all of our patients are heading down the right path to complete health.
If your pet has bad breath or any of the other signs of dental disease, or if they are due for an annual checkup, please contact our team. We’ll be happy to schedule a visit for you and your four-legged friend.