As pet owners who are devoted to caring for our pets, most of us know why you should spay and neuter your pets or why you should take your pet to the veterinarian regularly. But most of us don’t even think about why it might be important to bring our pets to a pet dentist — especially our dogs. In fact, less than 1% of pet owners brush their dogs’ teeth as often as they should be.
You might not realize it, but your dog might need dental care just as much as you do! But if you’ve never known anyone who brings his or her dog to a pet dentist, it can be tough to be sure if you should be spending the time or money on dog dental care for your canine friend.
Just in time for February, which is National Pet Dental Health Month, check out these three ways dental care for dogs is as important as it is for people:
Prevent tooth decay and loss
The biggest reason to seek out dental care for dogs is to prevent gingivitis and gum disease, which are both caused by plaque and tartar buildup. Because poor dental health eventually leads to significant amounts of pain and even tooth loss for your dog, it’s important to make sure his or her teeth stay in top condition.
Prevention against other health problems
Dental care for dogs isn’t just good for his or her dental health — it can also make your dog healthier overall. Because dental disease causes health problems like loss of appetite, weight loss and even systemic diseases like heart disease, maintaining good dental health allows your dog to have good overall health, as well.
No more “doggie breath”
If you notice that your dog has chronic bad breath, you don’t — and shouldn’t — have to put up with it, even though it might seem like an inevitable part of owning a dog. By asking your vet to clean your dog’s teeth at every regular check-up visit or bringing your pet to a dog dental clinic, both you and your dog can kiss doggie breath goodbye forever!
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