Interview with Dr. Lara Sypniewski
Dental health in our pets can be easily overlooked, allowing serious dental disease to develop.
In young animals, looking for misaligned and retained teeth that can lead to problems is important. As animals age, cleaning away build up and maintaining periodontal health becomes the focus.
By the time we notice the smell of bad breath or halitosis in our pets, dental disease is already significant.
Just like in humans, regular brushing of our pets’ teeth is ideal, but can be difficult. Starting this habit with young pets is a great idea and very effective. If not removed, dental plaque hardens to tartar within 24-48 hours and starts to build on the teeth.
Our pets can hide serious and painful dental disease that can only be found with a thorough dental exam, including x-rays. Anesthesia is usually necessary in most pets to allow a complete examination and cleaning to remove tartar and calculus from the teeth, smooth the surface of the enamel, and address the crucial area below the gumline.
Your veterinarian can help your pet maintain a healthy mouth and nice breath that you will notice every time they greet you.