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pet dental cleanings

A healthy oral cavity is important for overall health in all animals. Maintaining a healthy mouth involves a combination of at-home care as well as professional cleanings under anesthesia by a veterinarian and their trained staff. We brush our teeth at least twice daily along with the ideal biannual visit to the dentist. Despite this, people can still experience periodontal disease based on diet, lifestyle, genetics, and concurrent disease. 

 

pet gum disease

Just as gum disease is an oral health concern for humans, it’s also an issue that can plague our pets. Without the proper oral health care, plaque buildup on your pet's teeth can lead to inflammation of the gums and gingivitis. Preventative measures such as tooth brushing, the use of appropriate dental chews and regular oral checkups all help to decrease the potential of pet gum disease.

 

 

Fractured and Broken Teeth in Pets

Fractured and broken teeth can occur within the life of a pet and are more commonly seen in dogs than cats. The tooth is a strong organ comprised of pulp, dentin, enamel, and cementum. Enamel covers dentin above the gum line. Enamel is the hardest tissue in the body--stronger than bone--but it is still susceptible to fracture. As your local veterinary dentist in Colorado Springs, our practice Animal Dental Care and Oral Surgery has some insight as to what can cause fractured and broken teeth in pets.

cavities in dogs

In dentistry, cavities are known as caries. The term caries is Latin for decay. The usage of the word cavity in human dentistry is likely due to the ‘cavity’ that forms resulting from decay. True caries involve a bacterial decay of tooth structure. This occurs when bacteria digest fermentable carbohydrates and produce acids that diffuse into enamel and cause destruction of the tooth.

 

Why is Good Oral Health Important for Your Pet?

 

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