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3 Reasons Caring for Pet's Teeth Is Important February 5, 2019

Foley, Baldwin
3 Reasons Caring for Pet's Teeth Is Important, Foley, Alabama

Similar to their human companions, pets need regular medical checkups to remain happy and healthy. But brushing your animal’s teeth at home and scheduling routine pet dental cleanings won’t only combat bad breath — by examining teeth and gum tissue, veterinarians can identify and treat specific issues before your animal’s health is compromised. Here are a few more reasons why it’s important to take care of dogs’ and cats’ teeth. 

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Fall Behind With Pet Dental Cleanings During Pet Dental Health Month

1. Improve Comfort

When animals eat, food gets left behind on teeth and gums. The particles and bacteria join forces to create plaque, and when plaque isn’t removed, it turns to tartar. When this happens, the bacteria can get under the gums, causing pain and inflammation. If this problem isn’t addressed, the bacteria weakens the tissue, which can even lead to tooth loss. Polishing teeth can also smooth scratches that allow bacteria a better chance of surviving in the mouth. Brushing your pet’s teeth at home and scheduling professional pet dental cleanings will keep plaque away, reducing the risk of your animal developing painful periodontal disease. 

Another common concern is root abscess. Root abscess is an infection that is underneath the gum making it impossible to see. The infection is unable to be seen without dental x-rays until it is very advanced and very painful to your pet. By taking proper steps and getting a dental exam, the root abscess can be caught early.

2. Prevent Organ Failure

The bacteria that creeps below the gum line isn’t contained to your pet’s mouth. The harmful microorganisms can also enter the bloodstream. Once this happens, your pet’s life could be at risk, as the bacteria can get in the heart, liver, and kidneys, compromising their ability to function properly. Keeping your pet’s teeth and gums clean could prevent these life-threatening concerns.    

3. Detect Other Health Problems

Having your pet’s teeth routinely examined could shed light on other issues throughout the body. For instance, there is evidence that periodontal disease is linked to heart problems. If a veterinarian notices gum inflammation and infection, they’ll know to keep a closer eye on their heart health. Similarly, if your dog is diabetic, periodontal disease complicates the matter, as it can affect blood sugar metabolism. By ensuring your pet’s mouth is healthy through regular dental cleanings, it will be easier to manage any other conditions.


If it’s been a while since your pet had a dental cleaning or wellness exam, contact Animal Medical Center in Foley, AL. Their veterinarians — Dr. John Heilmeier and Dr. Kasey Singley — have more than 45 years of experience, which is why pet owners in Baldwin County turn to them for surgical treatments, vaccinations, blood testing, and additional services to keep their animals healthy. With new state-of-the-art equipment, dental procedures are easier to conduct and less painful for patients, too. The staff will also share tips to protect your pet’s teeth between appointments. To schedule pet dental cleaning, call (251) 955-5900 today. Visit the animal clinic online to fill out registration forms and connect on Facebook for feedback from other pet parents.

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