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Why Pet Dental Care is Essential to a Preventative Care Plan

pet dental care for your dogs and cats in Valencia.jpgPet dental care is an important part of your pet's preventative care routine. We provide this service here at Animal Medical Center. Our Valencia veterinarian believes that it is important for your dogs and cats to have regular dental checkups and good oral health habits.

Good oral hygiene and regular dental exams can help extend the life of your pet. Pets that have healthy teeth can live longer than those with periodontal disease and other dental problems. Periodontal disease begins as bacteria in the mouth which attacks the teeth and forms a film called plaque. When the bacteria on the teeth die they calcify to form tarter on your pet’s teeth. If treated early, the tarter and plaque can be easily removed with brushing or chewing on chew toys; but if left untreated dental disease can be hazardous to your pet’s health.

Preventative care procedures in our animal hospital include professional dental cleanings and oral hygiene care. Our veterinarian will teach you to care for your pet’s teeth at home so that you can maintain an oral care routine for your animal. Our vet will give you some tips for good oral health care for dogs and cats.

Dental Tips for Maintaining Good Oral Health for Your Pet

First have your pet’s teeth cleaned and examined twice a year. Pets should have their teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis to remove plaque and tarter from the surface. Next, learn how to properly care for your pet’s teeth at home. Use the right tools such as pet tooth brushes and toothpaste to brush their teeth at home. Ask our veterinarian about dental chew toys and dog treats that may be beneficial to your animal’s dental care program.

Just like with vaccinations or other pet preventative care steps, good pet dental habits will help your pet stay healthy and happy throughout their life. Visit our Valencia veterinarian for all of your pet’s dental care and health care needs.

What steps do you take at home to keep your pet’s teeth clean?