Can Pets Get Cavities?
As humans, we know it’s not too uncommon for people to develop cavities; however, what about pets? Although it is certainly less common in pets than in people, cavities can also develop in our pets. Cavities may appear as erosions in the enamel of the teeth that may lead to pain and discomfort and dental decay. While cavities may be diagnosed with a direct visual exam, it is often recommended to have dental X-rays as well to define the extent of involvement of the root of the tooth.
As with humans, pets’ cavities may be filled with various types of amalgams; however, this service is often not provided by the general veterinary practitioner, and so referral to a veterinary specialty dentist is often needed to have these cavities repaired.
Following correction of the cavity, thorough dental hygiene is encouraged by using dental products such as CET pet toothpaste or CET dental rinse to help keep bacteria levels down, and tartar buildup at a minimum. February is National Pet Dental Health Month and is a great reminder to maintain your pet’s oral health. For additional information on dental health tips and solutions for pets, visit the resources below: