Pet Dental Care “Unmasks” Angel

Angel (left) before pet dentistry, and (right) shortly after. Notice the brown muzzle discoloration disappears!

This is Angel. And this is the story of how pet dental care didn’t just improve her teeth, it changed her physical appearance. This picture illustrates what all veterinarians know: that proper pet dental care can affect much more than just your pet’s teeth and gums. Read what Critter Doctor client, Debbie Gaudry, has to say about pet dentistry and the importance of brushing your pet’s teeth.

“I have a sweet 10 year old Bichon Frisé named Angel.  About 1 1/2 years ago her face started staining a brownish-red color. I hadn’t changed anything in her diet and was puzzled as to what was going on. Her breath would ‘knock you over!’ I tried all sorts of remedies but her facial staining worsened. I was periodically brushing her teeth hoping to cure her bad breath and help her tartar. I finally took her in to see Dr. Bernstein. Upon examining her teeth, she noticed a few loose ones and tartar. She really needed a dental cleaning! She ended up having 7 teeth pulled and her teeth sparkled!

I vowed to brush her teeth EVERY single day as I wanted to keep her teeth clean and healthy as possible. Lo and behold, the infected teeth were the problem and her facial staining was disappearing. She was back to her white fluffy self! I continued the daily brushing and over a year later she is as white as snow with almost perfect teeth, except for the few missing ones!

The moral of the story is that DAILY teeth brushing does work to keep their teeth healthy and keep them looking their furry best!”

Debbie Gaudry

There’s another moral here as well: make sure your pet always has an exam (during which a careful inspection of the teeth and gums is always included) at least once a year. For older pets, once every six months is recommended. By doing so, you will ensure that the part of the teeth below the gum line (by some estimates, up to 70% of the tooth) will be carefully examined and any infection discovered early when it is easy and inexpensive to treat.

Waiting until your pet shows signs of discomfort will make treatment both more difficult and more expensive. As you can see from Angel’s picture, proper pet dental care affects not just the mouth, but the pet’s entire physiological health.