If you’re like most pet owners, you may not think about dental x-rays for your pet. But just like with people, regular dental x-rays are an important part of preventive care for pets. Dental x-rays can help identify problems with your pet’s teeth and gums early on, which can save time and money in the long run. Here are a few reasons why dental x-rays are so important for your pet.

#1: More than half the tooth structure lies below the gumline

While brushing your pet’s teeth is great for minimizing plaque and tartar accumulation, a toothbrush can’t reach below the gum line, which is where roughly 60% of the tooth structure lies. That means dental X-rays are essential for discovering potential dental problems that lie below the gum line.

#2: Painful periodontal problems may only be discovered on X-rays

Although you might think your pet would stop eating if they suffered from a dental issue, pets are incredible at hiding signs of pain and illness. Tooth-root abscesses, tooth fractures, retained teeth, and bone loss may cause your pet to have a decreased appetite, but not always. Dental X-rays are often the only way to tell if your furry pal has one of these oral health problems. 

#3: Dental X-rays allow us to gauge the severity of your pet’s dental disease

Dental X-rays give us the full picture of your pet’s oral health and provide more information than a visual exam. X-rays are an important diagnostic tool to unearth hidden dental diseases that can be the precursor to such problems as heart disease, kidney disease, and jawbone loss. 

Are you wondering what your pet’s complete oral health picture looks like? Give us a call to schedule an oral health assessment and dental X-rays for your pet.