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It’s National Pet Dental Month!

Does your dog have “dog breath?” Does your cat have “fishy breath?”  This can be one sign of dental disease in your pet and isn’t normal.  To help keep your pet’s teeth disease-free and to help keep their breath fresh, your furry family members should get dental care from their vet every 6-12 months. Here are five pet dental facts to keep in mind.

  1. Over 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of dental disease. Dental care is important for more than cosmetic reasons.  Just as with humans, lack of proper oral hygiene leads to tooth decay and gum infection.
  2. Most dental disease is under the gum line, and only visible by a medical professional, so regular screenings are key to early detection of oral health issues.
  3. Four out of five dogs over the age of three have some sort of periodontal disease.
  4. Dental disease can lead to larger problems. Undetected dental problems in pets can lead to more serious conditions in the future. This can include organ damage due to bacteria entering the bloodstream.
  5. Daily brushings are best if you are able to brush your pet’s teeth. Brushings can also be supplemented with dental chews or bones that help eliminate plaque buildup in teeth.

While your groomer may offer teeth cleaning services, this isn’t enough to keep your pet safe. That would be like a person brushing their teeth only every 6 weeks!  Keeping your pet’s teeth and gums healthy by addressing diseased teeth with dental work performed at your veterinarian’s office will help your pet live a longer and less painful life.

Not only that, but it will improve their breath, making their kisses that much better! Speak with your veterinarian today about dental care for your pet and about special diets and tools to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.


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