As a pet owner, you may be reluctant to pay for your furry pal’s biannual dental cleaning. You schedule twice-yearly visits with your own dentist, but you think your dog is supposed to have bad breath. But, doggy breath is not normal—it’s actually a sign of underlying periodontal disease that can be wreaking havoc not only on your pooch’s teeth and gums, but also their jawbone, heart, and kidneys. While gnawing on dental treats and chews is an important component, other steps should be incorporated in your pet’s comprehensive dental care plan. Pets, like people, can suffer from painful and costly oral issues if they do not receive routine dental care, so avoid letting your best friend suffer from stinky breath, uncomfortable gingivitis, painful abscesses, or worse, by engaging in regular oral health care from day one. Through home care and regular veterinary dental care, you can ward off serious periodontal problems with early prevention, and minimize your overall dental care costs.
3 ways home care contributes to affordable pet dental care
Prevention is the best medicine, which is especially true with dental care. Follow these three methods of at-home oral care to lower your pet’s overall dental care costs:
- Train your pet to love toothbrushing — When you first welcome a puppy or kitten into your home, your mind naturally turns to all things training that will teach your furry bundle of joy to be the perfect family pet—house-training, crate-training, training not to bite or jump. Add toothbrush-training to the list, because nothing is a more important part of at-home dental care than daily toothbrushing. Pets of all ages can learn to accept this gold standard of home oral health care, but starting at a young age is best.
- Use approved dental care products — In addition to daily toothbrushing to scrub away plaque before it hardens into tartar, round out your at-home regimen with products approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). Treats, chews, water and food additives, dental diets, and tooth wipes are all great ways to help keep your furry pal’s teeth in tip-top shape.
- Monitor your pet’s oral health — Regular care allows you to closely monitor your pet’s oral health, as well as ward off dental disease through daily at-home prevention. While you’re brushing your pet’s teeth, you can spot gingivitis, oral masses, or cracked, worn, or broken teeth, and periodontal problems at the earliest stages, before they advance to costly problems.
3 ways veterinary care contributes to affordable pet dental care
Occasionally, your pet will need professional veterinary care to maintain good oral health. Fortunately, your Animal Dental Clinic team is here to keep your best friend’s teeth in great shape through routine dental care that will help avoid costly tooth extractions, crowns, or oronasal fistula repairs. Our team can help reduce your pet’s dental care costs over the course of their lifetime three ways:
- Prophylactic dental cleanings — You receive twice-yearly dental cleanings, and your pet should benefit from the same regular care. Prophylactic dental cleanings prevent problems before they cause serious, painful, costly problems, by cleaning the teeth above and below the gumline, polishing away rough spots in the enamel, and administering a protective oral sealant.
- Dental X-rays — As much as 60% of the tooth structure lies below the gumline, making full-mouth dental X-rays absolutely necessary. During your pet’s biannual dental cleanings, we take a complete series of dental X-rays that will reveal periodontal problems that would otherwise be missed and allowed to worsen, damaging your pet’s oral health, and also your wallet.
- Professional advice — As your pet’s health care advocate, our team will provide the appropriate recommendations to ensure their continued good oral health. In addition to skilled cleaning, polishing, and X-rays, we will personalize your pet’s dental health care plan according to their unique anatomy and proclivity for developing periodontal problems. With our veterinary guidance and knowledge of your furry pal’s oral health, and your at-home care, together we can keep your best friend’s mouth healthy and disease-free.
With routine dental care that combines at-home and veterinary care, you can ward off painful and costly periodontal problems. Regular toothbrushing, professional cleanings, and dental X-rays go a long way toward preventing advanced oral health issues that can create a great deal of discomfort, infection, and systemic health issues for your pet. Early prevention can ensure your pet’s health and comfort, and help you avoid the cost of oral surgeries or treatment plans that result from advanced diseases left untended.
Interested in learning more about keeping your furry pal’s teeth in great condition, while saving money? Call us to schedule your pet’s oral health consultation and biannual dental cleaning, or to discuss at-home care.