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Pet Dental Health: Tips for a Bright Smile

Mills River Animal Hospital - Your Partner in Pet Health


Good dental health is as crucial for our pets as it is for us. At Mills River Animal Hospital, we understand that a healthy mouth is key to a healthy pet. That’s why we’re here to share essential tips to maintain your pet's dental health, ensuring they have a bright and healthy smile!





Understanding the Importance of Dental Health in Pets

Dental disease is one of the most common health issues in pets, affecting over 80% of dogs and 70% of cats by the age of three. Poor dental health can lead to more serious health problems, including heart, liver, and kidney diseases.


1. Regular Dental Check-ups

Just like humans, pets need regular dental check-ups. We recommend an annual dental exam for your pet to help detect problems early and keep their mouth healthy. Our team at Mills River Animal Hospital is equipped to provide thorough dental examinations and professional cleanings.


2. Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth

Brushing your pet's teeth might sound daunting, but it's an effective way to prevent plaque and tartar buildup. Start slowly and use pet-specific toothpaste (human toothpaste can be toxic to pets). A daily brushing routine can make a significant difference in your pet's oral health.


3. Dental Diets and Treats

Certain pet foods and treats are designed to reduce plaque and tartar buildup. These can be a great addition to your pet's dental care routine. However, they should not replace regular brushing or dental check-ups.


4. Chew Toys

Chew toys are not just fun for your pet; they can also help clean their teeth. Make sure to choose toys that are safe and appropriate for your pet’s size and chewing habits.


5. Recognizing the Signs of Dental Issues

Be aware of signs of dental problems in your pet, such as bad breath, difficulty eating, drooling, or swollen gums. If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a visit to Mills River Animal Hospital.


6. Professional Dental Cleanings

Sometimes, your pet will require a professional cleaning, which may include scaling and polishing. Our veterinary team provides safe and comprehensive dental cleanings, ensuring your pet’s oral health is in top condition.


7. Preventive Care

Preventive care is key. Regular dental care at home, combined with professional check-ups, can prevent the development of serious dental issues.


Remember, a healthy mouth leads to a healthier, happier pet. At Mills River Animal Hospital, we are committed to providing the best care for your furry family members. If you have any questions about your pet's dental health or need to schedule a dental check-up, please contact us.


Let’s keep those tails wagging and those smiles bright! We have been serving Mills River, Brevard, Hendersonville, Biltmore Park, and Asheville for 30+ years and we will continue doing so. Mills River Animal Clinic is here for you!



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