Celebrate Your Pet’s Dental Health with Us in February!
Celebrate Your Pet's Dental Health with Us in February!
During February, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) sponsors National Pet Dental Health Month to turn your attention and ours toward the importance of oral health care for pets. Each February, we like to put extra effort into educating all of our pets’ parents on caring for their pets’ teeth.
Why Is Pet Dental Care So Important?
The health of your pet’s teeth is essential not only to maintain their lovely smile but also their comfort and safety. Poor oral health can lead to problems inside and beyond your pet’s mouth.
How Dental Care Affects Your Pet's General Health
Periodontal (gum) disease — the same kind that affects humans — is extremely common in both cats and dogs over age three. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums that occurs when plaque and tartar are allowed to build upon a pet’s teeth. This buildup creates pockets between the teeth and gums where bacteria thrive.
Initially, periodontal disease causes problems like:
- Bad breath
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding of the gums
- Tenderness and soreness
- Difficulty eating and drinking
If left unaddressed, the bacteria which causes periodontal disease can spread to a pet’s circulatory system, leading to a systemic infection that damages the pet’s internal organs. Severe cases can be fatal.
How to Care for Your Pet's Teeth at Home
We recommend brushing your pet’s teeth regularly with specially formulated pet toothpaste and a specially designed pet toothbrush. You can also provide your pet with dental-friendly treats and chew toys.