Why Does Your Pet Need Dental Cleanings?

February is National Pet Dental Health Month, which makes this the perfect time to talk about your pet's teeth! When was the last time your pet had their teeth cleaned? Like, really cleaned? Us humans dread going to the dentist, but after we go our teeth couldn't thank us enough. So, why should it be any different for your pets? At Laveen Veterinary Center, oral health of your pets is something we take very seriously. If Max's kisses have been less cute and far more stinky, it's time to book a pet dental cleaning.

Your pet’s teeth should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. These are some reasons why your pet needs regular dental cleanings: 

Preventing bad breath (halitosis). If a whiff of your dog's breath makes your nose hairs curl, it's time for some good dental care. When your dog has a healthy mouth and healthy dog teeth, bad breath won't be a problem.

Preventing tooth loss. When the structures supporting a dog’s teeth become damaged or infected, the teeth loosen and fall out. Good dog dental care will ensure that those teeth-supporting structures stay healthy and keep the teeth in place.

Preventing oral pain. Dental disease, especially when it's severe, can be quite painful for dogs. Keeping your dog's teeth and gums healthy will help prevent oral pain.

Preventing worsening dental disease. Because so many dogs have dental disease by the time they're 3 years old, it can be difficult to prevent it from developing in the first place. However, good dog dental care can prevent dental disease from becoming severe and causing problems throughout the body.