The Importance of Your Pet’s Dental Health

French Bulldog with Toothbrush

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

In recognition of Pet Dental Health Month, CVA reminds pet owners that protecting their fanged friends’ health should be a daily happening.

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Let’s be honest, most pet owners aren’t too keen on looking in their furry friend’s mouth. Why should they be?

As it turns out, most people underestimate the vitality of pet oral hygiene. No one wants to pry open and stick their face in a smelly dog-mouth, but pets need proper dental care just as much as humans. Bacteria constantly builds up in the mouth. Left untreated, it will enter the bloodstream and affect their heart, kidneys or liver.

Like a walk outside or brushing their fur, teeth-brushing must be part of your daily routine. Ideally, it is best to train your dog when they’re still a puppy. But, if yours is past this point, don’t fret, it is still possible to do with some patience.

People are accustomed to going to regular checkups with their dentists and brushing their teeth on a daily basis, but oftentimes neglect the maintenance of their pet’s dental hygiene.  The well-being of cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits and other pets will benefit from proper care for pet’s teeth, gums and breath. Take your pet to the vet for a full pet dental exam to better understand how dental health affects overall health.

What to Know About Poor Dental Hygiene

Brushing your pet’s teeth may sound daunting now, but neglect can lead to inflammation of an animal’s gums, gingivitis, or serious infections such as periodontitis. Left untreated, periodontitis causes he spread of bacteria through the blood stream. This leads to bone loss, painful abscesses, difficulty eating or infection of the heart, liver, lungs and kidneys.

Bad breath, inflamed gums, plaque and calculus, swollen jaw, trouble chewing and nasal discharge and sneezing are all indicators of dental disease in dogs. If your pet shows one or more of these symptoms them it’s time to schedule a veterinary dental cleaning. At that time, a vet tech will scrape the teeth free of any plaque and clean them with a high-powered, ultra-sonic water pick, leaving his or her teeth squeaky clean.

Once home, be sure to purchase a pet-approved, non-toxic toothpaste that contains enzymes to break down the plaque.

In addition to regular cleanings and brushing, anti-bacterial supplements are available for water dishes. This can reduce the amount of oral bacteria that causes foul-smelling mouth odors. Pet treats, created with animal-safe ingredients that clean teeth are available at local pet stores. These have been proven to eradicate plaque, strengthen gums and leave breath smelling fresh.

There are also veterinary prescription diets available that can be used if your veterinarian deems appropriate.

Central Veterinary Associates’ hospital in Valley Stream is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information or to make an appointment, call (516) 825-3066 or visit

16 thoughts on “The Importance of Your Pet’s Dental Health”

  1. It did catch my attention when you said that you should consider scheduling your dog for a veterinary dental cleaning if you noticed that they have bad breath, inflamed gums, plaque, and swollen jaws. My dog has been lethargic since yesterday, and I noticed that his jaws appear to be larger than its normal size. I will make sure to find a dog dental care specialist that can check my dog’s oral health. Thanks!

  2. I had no idea that poor dental hygiene could infect other parts of the body through the blood stream. My family wants to get a pet, so we want to educate ourselves on their care needs before hand. How often should one take their pet in for a dental appointment with the vet?

  3. Yes, I agree that as a pet parent before I did not pay attention to dental hygiene of my pet but since I talked to our exotic pet vet, they discussed to me the importance of proper dental check ups and need to maintain it and we should be aware a if we neglect it and the cause in over all health to our pets. For your reference you can visit this link:

  4. Oral hygiene is really an important factor for a healthy pet, I must say that you have shared some interesting facts regarding to the oral health of a pet. Thanks for sharing this blog.

  5. I never knew that neglect of dental hygiene can lead to bone loss. My sister just recently got a puppy for her family. I’ll make sure to pass this information along to her so she can know the importance of dental hygiene for pets.

  6. Good oral health is a cornerstone to pet’s overall health and well being. I must say the blog that you have shared is extremely important for pet owners to know the benefits of pets dental health. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful blog, keep posting.

  7. It’s interesting to know that it is recommended to brush your pet’s teeth to prevent gum inflammation, gingivitis, and infections. My husband and I adopted a dog recently, and we are looking for advice about how to take care of him. I will let him know about the benefits of brushing our dog’s teeth to prevent future problems.

  8. It’s good that you point out that dental care for your pet can protect them from diseases. I want my new dog to have a long and healthy life, so I’m considering taking him to a dental clinic that specializes in pets. I’m going to look for a good pet dental care center in my area.

  9. It’s great that you elaborate on the fact that dental care is very important to the oral health of your pet. I care a lot about my dog’s health, so I’m thinking about taking him to a veterinarian that practices animal dentistry. I’m going to look for a good provider of veterinary dentistry services in my area to use.

  10. I like what you said about brushing your pet’s teeth to prevent inflammation. My sister wants to make sure that her dog’s mouth is healthy in the coming weeks. I’ll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for veterinarians who can help her with this.

  11. It’s valuable that you point out that it’s important to take care of your pet’s dental health to keep them from developing medical problems. I want to make sure my new golden retriever stays healthy, so I’m considering taking him to a veterinarian soon to get dental care. I’m going to search for a good provider of veterinary services in my area that offers dental care for pets.

  12. My cousin has a really cute dachshund and he wants to make sure that she is taken care of and there won’t be any long term problems. He would really like to get some help from a professional so that they can have the right vaccinations and the services will be better. I liked what you said about how teeth brushing should be done every day and it can help reduce bacteria in the mouth so that it doesn’t move down into the bloodstream.

  13. My mom’s dog can’t eat properly due to his toothache, which is why we’re planning to bring him to a pet hospital so this will be addressed. I agree with you that regular brushing of the pet’s teeth is necessary because this will help prevent gums, gingivitis, or serious infections. Thank you for also sharing here that there is a non-toxic toothpaste available for pets.

  14. I never knew that having a dog with bad breath will be a sign that you need to call a veterinarian. My wife has been thinking about how to improve our pet’s health, and we are looking for advice. I’m gonna start looking for a veterinarian to help us.

  15. My husband and I just adopted a German Shepard and we want to make sure it gets the best care. I appreciate you saying that dental hygiene for a pet is necessary to prevent serious infections and diseases. I will be sure to find a reputable veterinarian clinic that offers dental treatment to make sure our puppy stays healthy.

  16. It really helped when you talked about how poor health care for your pets could result in heart disease. My wife and I just adopted a dog, and we’re still getting used to another family member living with us. We don’t know much about dogs, so we’re researching how to care for one. After reading your article, we’ll be sure to look for a veterinarian to check our little buddy’s teeth. Thanks for the information about the importance of your pet’s dental health.

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