According to articles written in the Journal of Dentistry and other leading trade journals in the dental field, the need is strong for not only good dental hygiene in humans but also in man’s best friend, the dog. In most states, regular dental hygienists are allowed to care for the teeth of pets as long as it is under the supervision of a veterinarian.
Canine dentistry is not something that most people probably give a lot of thought to but there are several reasons why taking care of your pet’s teeth is very important.
1. Just as in humans, gum disease can wreak havoc on the organs when left untreated. The bacterial load that is present in a dog’s mouth is increased exponentially when disease is present and these bacteria can invade the bloodstream and cause not only problems but in some cases, complete organ failure.
2. Pets that do not receive dental care on a regular basis are at risk of losing their teeth in a very painful manner. The periodontal disease that will occur when proper hygiene is not followed will ensure the teeth will fallout due to rot around the gums.
3. Since dogs cannot speak, they cannot inform their masters as to when there is a serious dental problem. This is a huge reason as to why regular dental visits to a qualified dental hygienist are a necessity for the long-term health of your pet.
4. Dogs lose their baby teeth just as humans do. However, there are some cases where the baby teeth simply do not want to fall out and make room for the adult teeth. Overcrowding in the mouth can lead to painful gums and extreme instances of tartar buildup.
5. Last, but certainly not least, proper dental hygiene leads to fresh breath. Everyone wants to hug and kiss their dog when they come or when they are playing but sometimes “fido’s” breath is simply ferocious. Good dental care will make your pet even more lovable.
All of these are great reasons to seek out a trained and qualified dental hygienist who can work in conjunction with you dog’s veterinarian. Your pet will thank you for it!