February is National Dental Health Month! Although dental health encompasses several topics, the subject of this month’s blog will focus on dental cleaning and its importance.
It is still recommended that your pet have an oral exam at least once a year to look for signs of periodontal disease (infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth). This can happen from plaque and tartar build up that occurs under the gum line. Serious health issues can arise from untreated periodontal disease, such as permanent tooth loss, organ damage and pain for your pet.
Your veterinarian will likely create and recommend a plan going forward to try and prevent the return of periodontal disease for as long as possible. This could include a specialized diet, oral rinses/gels, certain chew products along with the gold standard of tooth brushing.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about your pet’s dental health!
Dr. Juanita Ashton, BSc, DVM, ACDBC-IAABC is a certified Canine Behavioural Consultant, and one of the owners of the Elmsdale Animal Hospital
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