February Is Pet Dental Health Month

By February 10, 2017Uncategorized

10% off dental cleanings & free dental home care kit

during February! Now that’s something to smile about!

 


Does your pet have bad breath? Unfortunately, most pets do and this is not normal. The foul odor you smell is caused by an infection in their mouth. The most common cause of infection in your pet’s mouth is periodontal disease, which affects over 75% of pets over 2 years of age. Periodontal disease is a progressive and irreversible loss of the structures surrounding the teeth caused by chronic infection and inflammation in the mouth. When your pet eats, residual food particles in the mouth promote growth of bacteria. The bacteria form a slime layer, known as plaque, which attaches to the teeth and hardens to form tartar and calculus

The first step in treating periodontal disease requires cleaning the teeth and surrounding tissues. Because your pet will not lie down quietly for a dental cleaning, general anesthesia is required. To prepare anesthesia, your veterinarian will do a thorough examination of your pet, perform blood work and discuss the procedure with you. Your pet will be monitored closely throughout the entire procedure: your pet’s safety is our primary concern. After the teeth are cleaned, X-rays will be taken of the teeth to check for pathology hiding below the gum line . Your veterinarian will discuss with you any other procedures that may need to be performed.

 

Healthy periodontal tissue is free of infection, inflammation and odor. Keeping the mouth healthy requires a combination of:

 

      – Developing a home dental care plan that works for you and your pet

     –  Annual to bi-annual examinations by your veterinarian to evaluate the home dental care plan

     –  Annual professional teeth cleaning.

             (Some breeds (e.g.: small breeds) may require more frequent cleanings. Just as people need their teeth cleaned regularly, your pet does too.)

      – Daily brushing with pet toothpaste (do not use toothpaste made for people)

      – Dental formulated diets, water additives and dental chews


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