Cleaning your pet’s teeth from a young age is vitally important. It is thought that as many as 85% of cats and dogs aged three years and over have some form of dental disease.
Dental disease affects the whole body, not just the teeth and gums. This is because bacteria in the plaque can enter the blood stream through inflamed gums. It then travels around the body spreading infection. This infection can settle in many of the major organs.
Signs of dental disease includes:
- Bad breath
- Chattering jaws
- Difficulty eating
- Pawing or rubbing the mouth
- Oral pain
Fortunately, you can reduce the likelihood of your pet developing dental disease by cleaning their teeth regularly.
Here at Tameside Veterinary Clinic, we advise owners to clean their pet’s teeth every day to avoid a build-up of tartar and plaque in the mouth. A healthy diet also contributes effectively to good dental hygiene. Dental chews and biscuits can also help to keep plaque and tartar at bay.
Our vets and nurses are here to help. If you’d like advice about your pet’s dental care, please make an appointment with us. We have a dedicated dental room in our clinics where we carry out regular dental checks and procedures.