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Why Dental Hygiene is Important For Pets

Dental Hygiene


Just like dental health is important to you, your pets also deserve optimal oral care. If you haven’t been taking care of your pet’s oral health, we here at North Yonge Veterinary Hospital in Newmarket, ON, urge you to start taking pet dental care seriously. Here is why you should prioritize pet dental hygiene:

To Prevent Gum Disease

When you don’t take care of your cat or dog’s teeth or if they have bad nutrition, plaque accumulates on the teeth and later transforms into tartar that attracts bacteria that infects your pet’s gums. In the early stages of gum disease, you will notice gum redness and swelling, but if gum disease isn’t treated, it advances to periodontitis, which causes gum recession, bad breath, and tooth loss.

To Avert Tooth Loss

If you don’t treat gum disease, the infection may spread to the tooth-supporting structures, causing tooth loss. And as you know, when your cat or dog has lost teeth, chewing becomes difficult, among other dental health challenges.

If you want to see your pet have a full-toothed smile, pay attention to pet hygiene, give them proper nutrition, and see a pet dentist for professional cleanings.

For a Fresher Breath

If you notice bad breath coming from your dog, it’s a sign that you have neglected their oral health. Cleaning your pet’s teeth eliminates odor-causing bacteria, leading to fresh breath.

To Deter Oral Pain

If you have ever had a toothache, you know how painful it can be. Unfortunately, your dog or cat isn’t immune to tooth infection. And when it strikes, your pet will experience extreme pain, especially when chewing. However, you can avert oral pain in pets by taking optimal care of your pet’s dental health.

Protect Overall Pet Health

Have you ever heard of the mouth-body connection? When you neglect your pet’s oral health, problems may start manifesting in other body areas. If the infection causing gum disease seeps into the bloodstream, it can cause damage to the heart, kidney, and liver. Taking care of pet dental health can help protect overall pet health and pet wellness.

Contact Us for Pet Preventative Care with a Newmarket, ON, Veterinarian

Want to see your pet’s oral health flourish? Book an appointment with us at North Yonge Veterinary Hospital in Newmarket, ON, for dental cleanings, pet hygiene advice, and other pet wellness services. Call us for to make an appointment with our veterinarian for preventative care at (905) 830-0437.

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