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February is Pet Dental Health Month!
Receive 10% off of your pet's dental procedure during the month of February!
If you can answer one or more of the following questions your pet may need a dental procedure:
Does your pet have bad breath?
Are their teeth brown or yellow?
Do their gums look inflamed, swollen or tend to bleed easily?
Does your pet have any missing or loose teeth?
Does your pet prefer softer foods more lately?
If you answered "Yes!" to any of the above questions, your pet may be suffering from dental disease.
Periodontal disease is a bacteria infection in the mouth. Over 85% of dogs and cats over the age of three suffer from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease not only affects your pets teeth and gums but also their internal organs. Periodontal disease starts when bacteria combines with food particles to form plaque on the teeth. Within days, minerals in the saliva bond with the plaque to form tartar, a hard substance that adheres to the teeth. The bacteria then works its way underneath the gums causing gingivitis-- inflammation of the gums. Once gingivitis occurs, bacteria then destroys the supporting tissue around the tooth leading to tooth loss- this is known as periodontitis. The bacteria associated with periodontal disease can also travel in the bloodstream to infect the heart, kidneys and liver.
The Stages of Periodontal Disease (pictured above)
What is a "Dental Cleaning?"
A dental cleaning (sometimes called a "prophylaxis"), plaque and tarter are removed from the pet's teeth, and the health of the entire mouth (tongue, gums, lips & teeth) are assessed. A thorough dental cleaning can be accomplished only while the pet is under general anesthesia. Anesthesia keeps your pet free of pain during the dental procedure and allows the veterinarian to fully inspect the teeth and remove tartar from under the gums.
Why does dentistry require anesthesia?
Anesthesia makes it possible to perform the dental procedures with less stress and discomfort for your pet. In addition, anesthesia allows for a better cleaning because your pet is not moving around and risking injury from the dental equipment.
Important Reasons To Care For Your Pet's Teeth
1. A pet with healthy teeth equals a pet with better breath!
2. Dental disease can actually lead to problems with your pet's organs, such as the heart.
3. Retained baby teeth can cause problems in pets too! Did you know that full grown dogs have 42 teeth and full grown cats have 30 teeth? Before their adult teeth can grow in though, their baby teeth must fall out. Sometimes not all of the baby teeth want to come out which can lead to problems like gum irritation and tartar build up.
4. Caring for your pet's teeth can prevent other health problems, saving you money over the long term!
5. You need regular dental care and you brush your teeth everyday-- why wouldn't your pets?
6. Did you know that four out of five dogs over the age of three years have some sort of periodontal disease? It can be caused by build up of plaque, so it is important to come in for regular dental check ups and cleanings.
7. Pets that do not get dental care can painfully lose their teeth-- this can be extremely painful and cause serious health problems.
8. Your dog and cat are very good at hiding pain-- you might never know that your pet has a serious dental issue until it's very advanced! This can be prevented or reduced by bringing your pet in for regular exams and cleanings.
9. Teeth wear out! Your pets can be tough on their which in turn can cause great pain and discomfort.