It’s very common for cats and dogs to have oral health issues. You should pay close attention to these problems because they could pose a threat to your pet’s overall health. 

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What kind of dental care does Bedford Veterinary Clinic offer? 

We perform scaling and prophylactic polishing, baby tooth extractions, dental extractions from periodontal disease, as well as treat abscesses, odontoclastic lesions, lymphoplasmacytic gingivitis, etc. 

How often should I brush my pet’s teeth?

You should brush your pet’s teeth daily and ideally twice a day. While this may seem like a lot, plaque can build up in just 24 hours. Tartar can form within 3 days, and then it only takes a few weeks for infections like gingivitis to occur. 

What are the warning signs of oral health problems? 

There are a number of symptoms that may indicate your pet is having dental problems. If you notice red gums, tartar, mouth pain, loose teeth, chronic bad breath, or if your pet seems to be in pain when eating, we recommend making an appointment with your veterinarian. 

What are the best ways to prevent tartar buildup?

The #1 way to prevent tartar buildup in pets is to brush their teeth regularly. There are also several different kinds of food, treats and supplements available that can also help reduce tartar buildup.

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