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Treating & Preventing Dental Disease in Dogs

Published on June 21st, 2019

We all brush our teeth at least twice a day, but what about our pets? If you think about it, your pet’s mouth isn’t an area that you should ignore, as it can have a major impact on their overall health. At Portage Park Animal Hospital, we are providers of professional animal teeth cleaning in the Logan Square area, and we are happy to help your furry friend get a clean, healthy smile!

Causes of Dental Disease

If you notice that your pet often has particularly bad breath, this is a sign that they are developing plaque and tartar, or if they have gum inflammation, this is a sign that there is progression. If plaque is not removed, it can lead to gingivitis and even more serious problems in the future.

Professional Dental Cleanings

The American Animal Hospital Association recommends that vets evaluate both kittens and puppies’ mouths for any abnormalities. Your pet should also receive one dental examination per year starting at one year for cats and small-breed dogs and at two years for large-breed dogs. These cleanings are complete with anesthesia and intubation.

At-Home Tips for a Healthy Mouth

With a few simple steps, you can ensure that your pet’s oral health is better than ever! Chew toys are especially helpful for keeping your pet’s gums and teeth clean. It is important that you stick to chews and toys that are free of toxins that could cause damage. As an additional plus, chew toys also help keep your pet entertained and provides them with an outlet for their desire to chew.

If you want to brush your pet’s teeth on your own and between professional visits, you can either use a brush or wrap your finger in gauze and hold it at a 45-degree angle to their teeth. Lift the lips to make sure that you reach along the gumline, a place where a lot of bacteria tend to accumulate.

If you want professional help with animal teeth cleaning in near Logan Square, our team at Portage Park Animal Hospital is a phone call away!

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