February is Pet Dental Health Month, so let’s talk about dental disease and all the ways to keep your pet happy and healthy!

Did you know more than 70% of pets show some degree of periodontal disease by the age of 3? Thorough annual examinations, yearly anesthetized dental cleanings by your veterinarian, and creating a daily oral hygiene routine can help reduce the risk of dental disease.

🦷 Periodontal disease is a term used to describe infection and associated inflammation of the tissues surrounding the tooth. It often begins with gingivitis and if left untreated, the infection can spread deeper into the tooth socket, destroying the bone altogether.

🪥 Thankfully, there are many ways we can help prevent plaque and tartar buildup by changing our routine! Daily tooth brushing using a toothpaste specifically formulated for pets is a great start. Dental chews and water additives can also help reduce or delay plaque and tartar build-up. Be sure to ask your veterinarian what products they recommend for your pet. If it’s not something we personally carry in our clinic (OraVet Chews, CET Enzymatic Chews, Healthy Mouth), we can help direct you on where to purchase it!

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