Healthy Mouth For A Healthy Pet – February is Pet Dental Health Month!
Why Dental Care? Dental care of dogs and cats is one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet health care. In fact, a recent AAHA study showed that approximately two-thirds of pet owners do not provide the dental care that is recommended as essential by veterinarians. What’s more, the American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age three. Dental disease doesn’t affect just the mouth. It can lead to more serious health problems including heart, lung and kidney disease, which makes it all the more important that you provide your pets with proper dental care from the start. Pets often don’t show obvious signs of dental disease or oral pain to their owners, and in most cases will even continue to eat despite oral pain If you are unsure if your pet has dental problems, just schedule a dental examination with one of our veterinarians.
Regular veterinary examinations are especially important in preventing dental disease since dogs and cats rarely show outward signs of even serious painful dental disease. This is Mother Nature’s adaptation to survival in the wild but it can actually hinder the owner’s ability to detect dental problems. We do not believe that pets experience pain to any lesser degree than we do; they simply are more tolerant of pain.
Regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet’s teeth. We use modern and safe ultrasonic units to clean each tooth thoroughly – above and below the gum line.
(View our pet dental procedure below.)
Dental technicians polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup. Fluoride treatments help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity. Advanced dental care and digital dental radiography is available. And as always, anesthesia and monitoring are state of the art and of the utmost importance.
Contact us to schedule a dental check-up for your pet today!
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