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Posted on 10-03-2017
Dental problems can make your pet miserable – loose teeth and sore gums can prevent your pet from eating and behaving normally. Like humans, pets can develop dental problems that can cause decaying teeth, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Fortunately, our veterinarian in Staten Island can help you provide preventative pet dental care to keep your dog or cat’s teeth and gums healthy.
Plaque is a clear, sticky substance that builds up around teeth near the gum line. In time, plaque hardens into tartar, which can irritate the gums to cause inflammation. This irritation causes the development of pockets in the gum. These pockets trap food, plaque and bacteria deep in the gums, which can eventually cause tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.
Preventative pet dental care focuses on keeping teeth clean and removing plaque and tartar on teeth.
Brush your pet’s teeth every day, when possible. Use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste made especially for pets. Pet toothbrushes have a long handle and soft bristles; pet toothpaste uses ingredients safe for use in pets. Our dentist can recommend a brand.
Examine your pet’s teeth and gums regularly. Look for signs of plaque building up on teeth, and for red or swollen gums, as these may be early signs of gum disease.
Have your pet’s teeth checked at least once a year by our veterinarian, who will look for early signs of gum disease and tooth decay. Get your pet’s teeth checked sooner if your pet develops bad breath, broken or loose teeth, discolored teeth, teeth covered in tartar, abnormal chewing or loss of appetite. Some pets get irritated when they have a dental problem, so take care when evaluating your pet’s teeth.
For more information about preventative pet dental care, or for other types of veterinary care, make an appointment with our Staten Island vet. Animal Health Group has two convenient locations to serve you. Animal Health Veterinary Group on Castleton Ave is located at 710 Castleton Ave in Staten Island, NY; make an appointment by calling 718.448.3680. Animal Health Group on The Boulevard is located at 2300 Hylan Blvd. in Staten Island. Make an appointment by calling 718-980-6491.
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