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Our Columbus veterinarian frequently answers common questions about pet dental care. Without good information about your pet’s dental needs, caring for your pet’s teeth and gums can be confusing. Many pet owners are uncertain how often to brush their pet’s teeth, for example, or how to look for signs of gum disease or tooth decay. Fortunately, our veterinarian in Columbus is glad to share useful information to help keep your pet’s teeth and gums in the best health possible.
Your four-legged friend should have its first dental cleaning at about age 2, or sooner if your pet develops an oral problem.
Yes! While dogs and cats have unique oral anatomy and dental health needs, they need the same components of care, such as brushing and removal of plaque.
Yes! Brushing your pet’s teeth every day helps remove plaque, which is an accumulation of bacteria. Brushing prevents plaque from turning into tartar, which can cause gum infections, loose or missing teeth, and even illness throughout your pet’s body.
Brushing your pet’s teeth can be tricky at first, but it will get easier as you and your pet become accustomed to the process. Use a soft-bristled or finger toothbrush. Ask your veterinarian about enzymatic toothpaste, as human toothpaste contains detergents that your pet should not swallow.
Most pets benefit from veterinary dental cleaning once a year. During these annual cleanings, your veterinarian removes tartar that has accumulated below the gum line. Your furry friend may need more frequent dental cleanings, depending on your pet’s age and dental health needs.
Anesthesia is necessary for pet dental cleaning, as it immobilizes the animal for safety and controls pain.
Broken teeth are common in pets, particularly for dogs that like to chew on rocks, real bones, knotted rawhide and other hard objects. Pets may not show signs of pain resulting from a broken tooth – they simply chew food on the other side of their mouths until the nerves die. Unfortunately, broken teeth become infected.
If you are concerned about the health of your pet’s teeth and gums, or if you simply want more pet dental information, make an appointment with one of our veterinarians. Hamilton Road Animal Hospital is conveniently located at 1129 South Hamilton Road in Columbus, OH. Our veterinarians have the training and expertise needed to detect, diagnose and treat pet dental problems. Make your appointment today by calling 614-239-0027.
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