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Q: Should I be concerned about my pet’s teeth as they get older? 

A:  Absolutely.  This is an excellent question.  Every year that goes by, there is an increase in plaque/calculus build up on the teeth and under the gum line.  Daily brushing can help control build up but a yearly cleaning under anesthesia will greatly help to prevent tooth loss.  Teeth can have other problems besides periodontal disease that can cause pain.  Evaluation of the mouth and gums during the yearly examination will address that situation.  In addition, bacteria in the diseased mouth can lead to other chronic conditions such as kidney dysfunction and heart valve problems to name just two.  It is vital to have the mouth evaluated as pets age, especially if this has not been done in the past.

Joseph DeSanto, DVM

Dr. DeSanto graduated from The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital. He then joined the staff upon completion of his internship. Dr. DeSanto enjoys internal medicine and veterinary dentistry. He is one of the founding veterinarians of Bergen County's Animal Emergency Preparedness Program. Dr. DeSanto loves to travel and experience new cuisine. He sees appointments at Oradell Animal Hospital, Paramus and in our Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey office.
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