Should I Get My Dog’s Teeth Professionally Cleaned?

Imagine a world where you don’t brush your teeth. Wouldn’t you constantly have lots of plaque and an unpleasant taste in your mouth? Your wallet wouldn’t feel so good either because of the frequent visits to your dentist.

This is exactly what happens to your dog’s mouth without proper dental care. Over time plaque builds up leading to gingivitis. This may cause your dog’s gums to bleed easily, and if left untreated, it may lead to periodontitis. Here are reasons why you should get your dog’s teeth professionally cleaned:
 

Gets the Stuff You Do Not See


When the structure of a dog’s teeth are damaged, the teeth can easily fall out. This is caused by food bacteria that accumulates on your dog’s teeth. Over time, the buildup causes gingivitis that weakens the structure of the teeth even if you brush and floss.

This is because there are certain types of plaque or stains you will miss out even if you were vigilant. Your vet will help remove these stubborn areas of debris by cleaning all the surfaces of your dog’s teeth. This ensures that the supporting structures of your dog’s teeth remain strong and healthy.
 

Prevents Dental Problems


Taking your dog to your vet for dental cleaning is important because your vet can detect early signs of other dental problems. An pet dental exam includes spotting loose filling or spots of decay. Therefore, taking your dog for professional cleaning means that it also gets its teeth assessed in the process.
 

Prevents Tooth Loss


Gum diseases that begin with a buildup of plaque can result in tooth loss. Plaque eats away the enamel and slowly reaches to the root canal. However, pet dentists help by reaching parts you’d likely not be able to clean in your dog’s mouth. Your vet will help remove the plaque reducing the risk of your dog losing its teeth.
 

Impact of Oral Health in Your Dog’s General Health


The truth is that if you do not take care of your dog’s teeth, your dog could face far more serious consequences going
forward. For example, plaque that is formed from a buildup of bacteria within your dog’s mouth can enter into its bloodstream and travel to the arteries causing them to harden. Thus, increasing the chance of your dog having a heart attack. On the other hand, gum diseases breeding in your dog’s mouth once inhaled may cause infections in your dog’s lungs leading to pneumonia.
 

How Often Should Dogs Get Their Teeth Cleansed
 

It is important to realize that prevention is paramount when it comes to your dog’s dental health. However, it is advisable to have your adult dogs seeing the pet dentist at least once per year while the smaller breeds may require frequent cleanings every six months.
 

But remember this is not a one-size-fits-all scenario. You may need to consult with your vet to determine how often your dog should have their teeth cleaned. At Noble West Animal Hospital in Noblesville, Indiana, we specialize in a wide range of dental care services. You can schedule an appointment by reaching out to us today at (317) - 218-3731.