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February is Dental Health Month!!

February 1, 2011

 

Most of us start and end our days with the same routine – brushing our teeth. But how many of us brush our pet’s teeth at the same time? Many people don’t give much thought at all to what’s going on in the mouths of our pets. But imagine for a moment what would happen if days, weeks, months and years went by and we had no dental care! The same things happen to our pets.
 
February is Dental Health Month!!
 
 Now is a great time to make your pet’s teeth and gums a new priority! Home care can be a lot easier than you might think!
 
 
Other homecare options you can add to a regular brushing regimen may include:
 
 
When home care doesn’t come easy or frequently enough, your veterinarian may suggest a dental cleaning in the office. This procedure does require that your pet be under anesthesia. It is necessary that your pet be anesthetized so that proper cleaning and scaling, above and below the gum line can be done. Additionally, sometimes a tooth or teeth may need to be extracted, which obviously can’t be done while your pet’s awake!
 
It is important to remember that oral health is as important as any other part of your pet’s body. Severe periodontal disease, left untreated, could potentially lead to kidney, liver or heart damage.  Periodontal disease is one of the most prevalent diseases seen by veterinarians. It is also one of the easiest to prevent!!
 
At your next visit, request an oral exam, and ask us about starting an oral care routine for your pet. 
 
Your pet deserves it!!!
 
Check out these useful sites for more info:
 
http://www.virbacvet.com/cet/
 
www.petdental.com