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Pet Dental Care: Why Your Dog Needs Their Teeth Brushed!

Dental care can be an overlooked aspect when it comes to taking care of our pets. But a lack of proper dental hygiene in pets can lead to a variety of serious and life jeopardizing issues such as tooth erosion, cavities, bad breath, and gingivitis. When it comes to dental care, it’s important to begin when they are young to ensure that your dog has a happy and healthy future.


One of the clearest signs your dog is struggling with their dental health is the evidence of tartar on their teeth. Tartar is a form of calcified bacteria from years of build-up in your pet’s mouth. Plaque is a soft film made up of mucus, saliva, and food particles that constantly sticks to the teeth until it hardens into tartar.


Tartar is much harder to remove than plaque because it has become cemented in the grooves of your pet’s teeth making it difficult to remove without the use of special tools such as ultrasonic cleaners or polishing instruments. If left untreated, bacteria can invade your pet’s gums leading to infections.


In addition to tartar, bad breath is another hallmark of poor dental hygiene. As bacteria reproduce and break down the enamel of your dog’s teeth, you’ll quickly become aware of the progressing damage due to the unbearable stench wafting out of your dog’s happily panting mouth.


No pet parent wants to be pushed away by bad breath or have their pets suffer. Prevention is key. Routine Veterinary Cleanings are the best option for keeping your dog’s teeth healthy. Many veterinarians offer routine dental cleanings for pets based on the age of the animal, the severity of their condition, and other factors. 


During this procedure, your veterinarian will manually remove any plaque from your dog’s teeth and gums using special tools designed for the job. They may also apply topical medications to provide additional relief from any soreness or infections if they are present. 


Jonesboro Animal Hospital is Here to Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Fresh

At Jonesboro Animal Hospital, we offer a wide range of services designed to keep your pet healthy and happy. We understand that when it comes to our pets' needs, we shouldn't cut corners. That's why we offer a full range of preventative care services as well as in-house diagnostics and surgery.

If you're looking for a trusted and reliable veterinary clinic, look no further than Jonesboro Animal Hospital. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.


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