This February is National Pet Dental Health Month and routine dental hygiene is a necessity for pets to promote a healthy life. Did you know 80 percent of all pets have a dental disease by age 3? Read more to learn about the importance of routine dental hygiene for your pet.
Periodontal disease is a hard to spot progressive disease that affects the supporting tissues surrounding your pet’s teeth and is the main cause of early tooth loss. The common symptoms of dental disease are bad breath, excessive drooling, painful chewing, and tooth loss.
Periodontal disease begins through plaque and tartar build up on the pet’s teeth. This buildup remains on the teeth and grows into the gums while causing inflammation and is known as gingivitis. After gingivitis has begun, the condition can turn into periodontal disease, this disease can travel into the bloodstream affecting your pets internal organs. Periodontal disease is irreversible but can be slowed by proper dental care. Gingivitis can be removed by bringing your pet in for professional dental cleanings and performing at home routine dental care.
A dental cleaning for your pet will require a general anesthesia for a thorough cleaning to be performed. The cleaning will typically involve plaque and tartar removal from your pet’s mouth, polishing of the tooth enamel, a flouride or dental sealer application, and a thorough assessment of the entire mouth.
To maintain your pets health, a dental cleaning routine at home is required. Daily dental brushing will help remove food particles and prevent plaque build up on your pet’s teeth. Purchasing a tooth brush and pet toothpaste is needed. Human toothpaste cannot be used as your pet will get sick if swallowed. Pet toothpaste comes in a variety of flavors including peanut butter, poultry, seafood and more. Dental treats that help remove tartar and additional dental products may be recommended based on the assessment done during the dental cleaning.
A dental hygiene routine for your pet can improve their quality of life and increase life expectancy. During National Pet Dental Health month your pet will receive $75 off dental cleaning services when you book an appointment in February.
If you have any questions on the information provided or want to know more about your pet dental cleanings, please make an appointment online or call us at (480) 968-9275.