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Dog Dental Care Keeps Costa Mesa Companions Healthier

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As a responsible pet owner, you give your best friend high quality food, regular exercise, grooming, and veterinary care. However, if you are like thousands of other Costa Mesa residents, you probably overlook an essential wellness component – dog dental care.

Canine cavities

 Dogs can develop tooth decay, although it is less common than in humans. Your dog’s mouth hosts many strains of oral bacteria. The variety known as Streptococcus mutans, which feasts on starches and sugars, is largely responsible for cavity-causing acids. Because animals don’t naturally consume a lot of carbohydrates, their bacterial microsystem doesn’t readily foster tooth decay.

Giving your pet “people food,” especially grains and sweet snacks, dramatically increases risk of tooth decay. Without regular veterinary checkups, you probably won’t notice cavities until they cause your dog significant discomfort, and require extraction.

 Dog gum disease

 A dog’s mouth has a higher concentration of Porphyromonas than a human’s oral cavity. This family of bacteria causes gum disease. It builds up because dogs cannot brush and floss daily.

Plaque hardens into tartar at the gum line, irritating soft tissues. As gingivitis progresses to periodontal disease, you notice yellowed teeth, foul breath, and possibly dark discoloration at the gum line. Just like in humans, canine gum disease is a major culprit in tooth loss and linked to serious health issues including heart problems.

What you can do

  • Start with a dental evaluation, cleaning, and fluoride at All Creatures Care Cottage.
  • Follow the veterinarian’s suggestions for a dental-healthy diet.
  • Ask for tips on cleaning your pet’s teeth at home.
  • Make nightly dental care a fun, bonding routine.
  • Schedule regular non-anesthetic dental cleanings as recommended by the doctor, or as part of your pet’s grooming appointments.

For more tips on dog dental care, contact All Creatures Care Cottage in Costa Mesa at (949) 430-7576.

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Dr. Rand Spongberg, BSc, BVMS

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A graduate from the University of California, Irvine, and Murdoch University, Dr. Rand Spongberg brings with him a plethora of skills and expertise. He is a very well established veterinarian who has a passion for animal welfare and is a firm believer in taking care of both the pet and its owner.

Dr. Spongberg prioritizes his relationships with the owners of the pets that are brought to him for help as maintaining a bond of trust and respect allows for him to better diagnose, treat and help the animals that come to him. Quality of work has always been a part of his repertoire and giving animals the best possible care whilst under his control is something Dr. Spongberg is happy to be responsible for.

In addition to being a service oriented person with a genuine compassion for animals, Dr. Spongberg maintains active memberships at the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and is the proud new owner of All Creatures Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital.