The Importance of Cleaning Your Pet’s Teeth

Posted by Pekin Insurance on Feb 28, 2017

Keeping your pet’s teeth cleaned regularly is for more than just good breath; it improves their overall health as well.


Cuddling with your pet is one of the best feelings. They cuddle with you in times of sorrow or simply to show you love after a long day. However, that dog or cat breath can quickly turn nasty if you don’t have your pet’s teeth cleaned regularly. Beyond just bad breath, other signs of dental problems in pets include:

  • Drooling
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Redness or bleeding along the gum line
  • Brownish-gold buildup on the teeth

Having a professional clean your pet’s teeth means they will remove not just the visible plaque and tarter on their teeth, but the bacteria under the gums. This will not only eliminate sources of infection, but also help prevent tooth loss.

Not getting your pet’s teeth cleaned or refusing to pay attention to their teeth and gums can lead to your pet being in pain. Pets hide pain extremely well, and once they begin showing signs, then the pain is usually severe.

While getting your pet’s teeth cleaned is not cheap, it can save you from having higher costs down the road if your pet gets an infection. Your pet is part of your family, and you never want to end up in a situation where your pet needs help and you don’t have the funds.

Every vet does their teeth cleanings differently, so it is important to check with your vet to make sure you know what they are looking for. Don’t just write the checks; be aware of what you are paying for and the services your pets are getting. Veterinarians have their own beliefs and practices when it comes to services like teeth cleaning, declawing, micro chipping, and more. Remember, you can always move to a different veterinarian should you be unsatisfied with their services.

You can also consider adding Pet Insurance* to your Pekin Insurance Homeowners policy. While it won't cover routine vet visits like teeth cleaning, it will provide coverage for accidental illness or injury for both cats and dogs so you won't have to worry about a large vet bill for your furry friend. Contact your local Pekin Insurance agent to learn more about Pet Insurance for your furry family member.

*Pet Insurance from Pekin Insurance is available to cover dogs and cats only and is not available in all states.



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