Celebrate National Pet Dental Month!

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Can you imagine not going to the dentist for years?

Keeping up with dental care is important for everyone, even our pets. Bad breath, discolored teeth, and inflamed gums are common signs of dental disease that are commonly ignored by pet owners. Pets are like us in many way, but they cannot communicate pain and discomfort, allowing dental disease to progress rather quickly. An estimated 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop some stage of dental disease by 3 years old. Dental disease is life-threatening, yet easily preventable!

Sure, pearly white teeth and fresh breath are aesthetically pleasing, but what about what really matters? A healthy and hygienic mouth can actually add years to your pet’s life! Research shows that dental health and total health are closely related, which leaves us wondering why the number of pets with dental disease is rising. Pet owners tend to be unaware of the dangerous effects of oral bacteria. Rather than remaining in your pet’s oral cavity, bacteria can spread to the rest of the body causing infection to the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, and immune system. If you notice tell-tail symptoms such as ‘doggy breath,’ loose or discolored teeth, swollen gums, difficulty chewing, excessive drooling, or pawing at the face and mouth, your pet’s dental care is worth brushing up on.

Preventative care maintains total health year-round. Did you know it can even add 3-5 years to your pet’s life? Much like when you visit the human dentist, your pet’s teeth and gums will be examined for signs of pain, inflammation, and plaque build-up. However, a visual examination alone is not enough to fully diagnose complete dental health. Full-mouth radiographs allow us to accurately assess conditions hidden beneath the gum line such as foreign objects, fractures, tumors, and more. Once a complete diagnose has been made, our skilled doctors and veterinary technicians will be able to safely and comprehensively clean your pet’s teeth.

At-home dental care is an effective way to prevent the development of dental disease between annual visits. We encourage you to begin brushing their pet’s teeth at a young age. It will be much easier for both of you! If your pet is too resistant, we recommend alternatives such as dental treats and toys that break down plaque and tartar build-up while massaging your pet’s gums. It’s that simple.

If you can’t imagine not going to the dentist for years, imagine how our pets feel. Until February 29th, celebrate the importance of dental care with our Pet Dental Health Month promotion. Enjoy 15% off dental services including a full exam and cleaning, x-rays, anesthesia, scaling, and polishing, *excluding potential extractions. Call (516) 796-2266 to schedule a visit.