While most pet owners are concerned about pet oral care and hygiene, many others should understand that this is a matter that could possibly have severe repercussions if neglected.
The problem does not end with just the mouth. It goes on to unleash various other medical complications that may, in some cases, prove to be fatal. Pet owners at times may notice a disagreeable odor from their pet and may ignore it. However, the odor may be a sign of oral disease. The fact is that a pet’s oral hygiene is essential for maintaining the overall health of the pet.
Poor oral hygiene does not only cause tooth decay or gum disease. Apart from aggravating these conditions, poor oral hygiene goes on to cause serious health issues such as heart, kidney and lung diseases. A pet’s teeth are vulnerable to plaque build-up and the plaque could eventually cause separation of the gums from the teeth. This would in return cause the formation of pockets of bacteria which may result in infections.
The problem may not end there as it can go on to affect the internal organs of the body. Failure of internal organs such as heart and kidneys could possibly result in death in the most severe cases.
These are the reasons why any pet dental problem needs to be prevented or addressed. The best way to do so is by introducing hygiene practices early. Though it is difficult to train a cat to accept routine brushing, it becomes easier once you start doing it regularly. There are some brushing techniques that need to be learned.
Another important aspect of pet oral care is inspecting the teeth for any signs of oral diseases. In particular, it’s important to check for the presence of inflamed gums or cysts under the tongue. Regular checkups and follow-up appointments are a good way to prevent pet dental problems.
Cat teeth, unlike human teeth, do not suffer from enamel decay. Generally, it is an infection or inflammation or receding of gums that affects them, causing discomfort and drooling in the pets. Dental disease, as pointed out earlier, can cause heart and kidney diseases in older pets. This is because of the bacteria that live in the infected tissue and may possible go on to enter the blood stream, possibly affecting the internal organs.
Ultimately, what may seem to be minor issues with tartar and plaque on a pet’s teeth in the beginning can be the start of a slide down a steep, slippery slope of gum disease, tooth decay, infections, and in the worst cases, failure of internal organs such as the heart and kidneys.
A regular and thorough oral hygiene routine for our pets is a necessity. I, for one, want to keep my pets for as long as possible.
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