It might seem overboard to many of you, but did you know that you should be brushing your pet’s teeth with a pet-specific toothpaste and brush on a regular basis? If you keep their teeth clean from a younger age, they will be less likely to develop hard tartar build-up and will harbor less stinky bacteria in their mouth. This means your pet will be healthier overall, and their kisses will be less offensive.
If you have an older pet, have no fear, getting their teeth cleaned professionally and then taking the reactive approach from here on out by cleaning their teeth regularly, will be just as beneficial as staring them on the teeth cleaning regimen at a younger age.
Your pet’s oral health has a lot more to do with their overall health than you may realize. Just like with humans, the plaque build-up on teeth, says a lot about the plaque build-up in their bloodstream, arteries, and organs. The same is true with periodontal disease and inflammation of the gum tissue. If this infection and bacteria are left untreated, your pet’s vital organs will most likely be negatively affected with a disease by the germs and microorganisms that attack their delicate immune system.
Keeping your pet’s teeth clean is vital at an early age. Many veterinarians recommend cleaning your furry friend’s teeth daily with an enzymatic pet-friendly toothpaste and toothbrush. Getting Fido or Fluffy used to the idea of brushing can take time, so small increments of success and reward are the key until they are comfortable with the concept of brushing.
If your dog or cat has advanced plaque build-up and bacteria lingering in their mouth, the veterinarian can clean it up with prophylaxis (just like a human dental cleaning). If additional tooth repair is needed, your veterinarian is highly qualified in getting that accomplished within the procedure.
Your pet will need to be under anesthesia for the cleaning, as this is the conventional method that all veterinarians use. It allows them to be able to make an advantageous assessment and produces the best outcome since your pet will be relaxed and experience no apprehension during the treatment.
It’s recommended that pets have their teeth professionally cleaned around three years of age, but it’s never too late to have the procedure performed. Keeping their teeth clean can significantly increase the quality and length of life for your dearly loved pets.
The Best Friends Animal Hospital Difference
Best Friends Animal Hospital believes in providing quality health care for your pet in a warm and welcoming environment. Their doctors routinely attend educational seminars to stay abreast of the latest medical treatments and technologies. Their hospital also prides itself on having state-of-the-art equipment including a digital dental X-ray machine. The dental digital X-ray machine allows them to take high-quality dental radiographs in seconds. These images are vital in the completion of the comprehensive oral exam preformed on each patient while they are under anesthesia for their dental cleaning procedure. The veterinarians use the x-rays to check for any disease or abnormalities that could be hidden below the gum line.
Best Friends Animal Hospital offers free 24-hour access to your pet’s medical record through a pet portal, as well as home delivery of your pet’s prescriptions through an online store. Their online Pharmacy carries prescription medications, heartworm, flea and tick preventative, pet food, treats, and toys.
The doctors and staff are devoted to helping your pets’ live longer, healthier, and happier lives because they understand that your pet is a valuable member of your family. Their knowledgeable staff is available to answer any questions you may have, and they look forward to seeing you and your pet(s) soon. Please visit their website to find out more, or call them to book your appointment.
Best Friends Animal Hospital
12220 Towne Lake Dr., Suite 50
Fort Myers, FL 33913