In case you haven’t heard… FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL PET DENTAL HEALTH MONTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As an advocate for your pet’s health, every month is dental month to me:)
Examining your dog or cat’s teeth is an important part of every single exam. Our goal is to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy by doing prophylactic teeth cleaning which means cleaning them BEFORE gingivitis and periodontal disease develop.
Did you know that approximately 85% of dogs have already developed periodontal disease by the age of 3?
Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in cats and dogs even though it’s completely preventable. It develops when plaque and tartar spread below the gum line – this leads to the destruction of the structures supporting the teeth, gum loss/recession, bone loss, loose teeth, bone infection, and even jaw fracture.
Yearly professional dental cleaning is the only way to remove tartar from below the gum line and treat/prevent periodontal disease. Many clients of mine express concern regarding this procedure most specifically regarding the general anesthesia involved. General anesthesia is necessary to accomplish a thorough dental cleaning and examination. Anesthesia is also crucial because it keeps your pet free of pain during the dental procedure, allows us to support your pet’s breathing during the procedure and protects them from inhaling and fluid or bacteria.
Please bring your pets in to see us during the month for a free dental exam and to learn about what you can do at home to keep your pet’s teeth clean – We’d love to see you!