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February is National Pet Dental Health Month! To celebrate, City Park Animal Clinic is offering 20 % off cleanings this month! ( Scheduled appointments made in February will be honored in March. We are booking fast this month)
Your pet’s oral health is just as important as your own. Pet dentistry, similar to human dentistry, includes preventative care, cleaning, extraction, and repair of teeth. Most dental disease occurs below the gum line, meaning damage may be occurring even if the teeth look healthy. While preventative home care is important, your four-legged companion should have their teeth examined by a veterinarian once a year. Signs that your pet should come in for an exam are bad breath, difficulty chewing, drooling, and/or pawing at the mouth. During an oral exam the vet will look at factors such as the state of your pet’s gums and the amount of tartar and plaque buildup. After such an exam the veterinarian will then decide if a cleaning is necessary.
What are dental cleanings?
During a dental procedure, tartar and plaque are removed and general health of the mouth (gums, teeth, lips, and tongue) are assessed. Additionally, the teeth are polished to smooth any enamel scratched that may attract bacteria. To achieve a thorough dental cleaning, the animal is put under general anesthesia. This is important because anesthesia makes it possible to perform the procedure with less stress and pain to your pet.
Why are dental cleanings necessary?
Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in adult cats and dogs. In fact, by the age of three an estimated 85% of dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease includes gingivitis (inflammation/reddening of the gum) and periodontists (loss of soft tissue and bone around the teeth). Left untreated, bacteria under the gum line can travel in the bloodstream to infect other vital organs such as the heart, kidneys, and liver. However, with regular examinations and cleanings you can keep your furry companion in good oral health.
What care should be done after the cleaning?
After your pet has had a dental cleaning steps can be taken at home to ensure prolonged oral health of your pet. Animals, just like humans, benefit from daily brushing. However, the reality is there might not always be time. Striving to brush your pet’s teeth once a week is encouraged and can be hassle free with the right training. Other home dental care options can be helpful such as special dental foods and treats. For more information on home oral care feel free to ask Dr. Frucci or Dr. Hill next time you come in for a visit!