Dental Care
Dental Cleanings: Not Just For You
Past the teeth and through the gums, look out organs here it comes….

Just like people, a minor dental infection can become a major health problem.  
More than 85% of dogs and cats suffer from some form of periodontal
disease.  Periodontal disease begins when plaque, a mixture of bacteria and
food debris builds up on tooth surfaces and works its way under the gum line.  
Toxins released by the bacteria cause an inflammatory reaction that can lead to
the destruction of tissue and bone that anchor the teeth in place.  If left
unchecked, bacteria enters the bloodstream and travels to major organs
seriously compromising the health of your pet.  These are some warning signs
of periodontal disease:

  • Bad breath: One of the 1st signs of dental disease
  • Yellowish-Brown Crust of tarter on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth

Prevention:  Like people, animals need professional teeth  cleaning on a
routine basis, every 6 to 8 months.  Regular checkups are important to
maintaining not only your pets oral health, but over all health as well.  In fact,
because animals age more quickly than humans, dental exams should become
more frequent.  There are a number of things you can do between cleanings to
help prevent plaque build up:

  • Dental Oral chews are good
  • Dental oral rinses or gel are better
  • Brushing teeth is best-we have an assortment of tooth brushes and pet
    tooth paste

OraVet in house and at home treatments are highly recommended
OraVet creates an invisible barrier that prevents plaque and tarter from forming
bacteria on the teeth.  When used after a dental cleaning it is good for 2
weeks.  After that you should apply OraVet Plaque Prevention  to the gum line
once a week to maintain the barrier that the first treatment provided.
The bottom line is this: don’t neglect your pets teeth-it could come back to bite
you in the end!  Call for a dental appointment today! 763-689-0095
Cambridge VetCare
Animal Clinic, PA
Cambridge, MN