February is National Pet Dental Health Awareness Month! Pet dental health is important to your furry friends over all health. Routine dental check ups and preventative care can help prevent serious health risks associated with oral disease.
What is Dental Disease in Pets?
Dental disease also known as Periodontal disease is gingivitis (inflammation & redness of the gums) and periodontitis (loss of bone and soft tissue around the teeth).
How does Dental Disease happen in pets?
After eating, bacteria, food and saliva begin to form plaque almost immediatley on your dogs teeth. The plaque builds up causing tartar. The tartar creates a rough surface for bacteria to grow and live!! This leads to gingivitis as the gums become inflamed and bleed, which leads to periodontal disease that can result in tooth loss.
Signs of Dental Disease:
A dental cleaning will remove the bacteria and any diseased teeth. Cleaning under the gums and polishing the surface of the teeth.
This is also important as the bacteria build up in your pets mouth can lead to disease of the kidney, heart and liver.
What can you do after the dental procedure?
Want to teach your pet to enjoy teeth brushing? Watch this video “Positive reinforcement Tooth brushing”
By Isabel Wylie
To celebrate Pet Dental Health Awareness Month we are offering $60 off your pet's teeth cleaning and polish through the month of February. Call our office for more details and schedule your pet's dental procedure today!