If you’ve ever cringed at the smell of your pet’s breath, chances are they are suffering from dental disease. Just like humans, dogs and cats need to have their teeth cleaned to prevent plaque and tartar build-up. Over time, oral bacteria leads to gum disease, a very painful condition that can lead to tooth loss and decay, causing difficulty and discomfort, especially while eating, playing and chewing.
What many pet-owners don’t realize is that dental disease puts a dog and cat’s overall health at risk. Oral bacteria has the potential to enter the bloodstream, making its way to your pet’s vital bodily systems such as the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. Over 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop some stage of dental disease by the age of three, making it the most common condition affecting both dogs and cats. At Pure Paws Veterinary Care of Hell’s Kitchen, it is our goal to not only offer safe and advanced dental services for our patients, but also to educate clients on proper at-home dental care to promote a healthy mouth and an overall healthier pet in between visits.
If you notice the following symptoms, let us know so we can ensure your pet is dental disease-free and safe from the health complications dental disease can cause:
- Bad Breath, commonly referred to as ‘doggy breath’
- Red and swollen gums
- Difficulty chewing or eating
- Discolored or loose teeth
Our Dental Services
At your pet’s wellness visit, we will check their teeth and gums for signs of dental disease. If we notice anything of concern, we will discuss treatment options and why they are important for your pet’s overall wellbeing. Your pet may need a follow-up exam so we can comprehensively check their entire oral cavity and possibly recommend a professional dental cleaning.
There are three essential elements to proper dental care: dental exams, dental cleanings and at-home dental care. Once we examine your pet’s teeth and gums, we will devise a dental health plan to meet your pet’s individual dental needs. For most pets, a dental exam and cleaning are needed every one to two years to maintain a healthy and pain-free smile. At-home dental care in between visits and cleanings are equally as important, and we will give you educational resources and dental products such as toothbrushes and dental treats and toys to keep your pet’s teeth cleaner at home. We urge you to practice proper dental care at home, so your pet requires less exams and cleanings, therefore saving you money.