CHARLOTTE – February is here and so is National Pet Dental Health Month! There is so much to talk about when it comes to your pet’s teeth, but today I will be talking to you about the disease that causes many of your pets to require a dental cleaning or surgery.
If you notice your pet’s breath is less than fresh, your pet is most likely exhibiting signs of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats, and pets can show signs of the disease by the time they are three years old. The disease starts with the development of plaque, hardens into tartar, and finally builds up under the gumline, which causes infection and damage to the jawbone and surrounding tissue . Without treatment health problems can spread to the kidney, liver, and heart, which can significantly affect your pet’s health.
Thankfully, periodontal disease is easily prevented through regular at-home brushing and ensuring you bring your pet to a veterinarian to perform a dental exam at least once a year. If at-home brushing is difficult to manage there are veterinarian recommended dental chews, diet foods, water additives, and spray gels that can help to prevent periodontal disease. Should your pet suffer from periodontal disease, he or she may require a dental cleaning or even dental surgery.
For more information about dental care or cleanings for your pet, please talk with your veterinarian. And remember, healthy mouths make for healthy and happy pets.
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