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February is National Dental Health Month!
What's one of the first things you do every morning? Brush your teeth, of course. Most of us can't imagine missing a day of dental care. Yet the same diligence does not hold true for many pets in the United States.
You can protect your pet from dental disease, not to mention, bad breath, by effectively brushing his teeth for only 1 or 2 minutes at least two or three times a week; daily brushing is best, if possible. All you need is a little patience and the right accessories to get the job done smoothly. Besides using the right accessories, it's important to start brushing your pet's teeth early. The sooner you start a home dental routine, the easier it will be for your pet to adjust to the process. And although it is best to begin brushing your pet's teeth when he is a puppy or kitten, it is never too late to start.
The two key components in your dental arsenal are your pet's toothbrush and toothpaste. Dr Brook Niemiec of Southern California Dental Specialties advises clients to always use toothpastes and toothbrushes made especially for pets. "Toothbrushes designed specifically for pets are smaller and softer and have somewhat a different shape, making them a better fit for your dog of cat," he says. Dental care is an important and simple way to prevent disease in your cat or dog. This small commitment can make a big difference to your pet's well-being. Besides, by brushing your pet's teeth daily, he will have a healthier and sweeter smile. With regard to toothpastes, those made for people contain ingredients that are not appropriate for pets. "Pet toothpastes are specially formulated not only to taste great but also to be safe for pets to swallow," Niemiec notes. In general it is most helpful for pet owners to ask their veterinarian's advice on the best dental products for their pet. Your veterinarian can help work together to take a bite out of this problem.
For many pets, periodic or routine professional cleanings are needed to maintain oral health or to address more significant dental issues such as gingivitis, periodontal disease, or fractured or abscessed teeth. Just like in humans, periodontal disease can lead to bone and tooth loss. It can also result in bacteria entering the blood which could lead to damage to organs such as the heart and kidneys and cause infection of the circulatory system. Some of the signs of dental health issues include: bad breath, reluctance to chew food, facial swelling, red and/or bleeding gums or blood on pet's chew toys.
If you suspect your pet is experiencing an oral health problem we can perform an examination to assess your pet's oral health and make appropriate recommendations. We also offer dental radiography, just like your dentist uses, to assess problems below the gumline and address them before they become more significant issues.
Our professional cleanings are performed under anesthesia and include ultrasonic scaling, polishing, and a complete oral examination. Your veterinarian may make other treatment recommendations based on the examination. If you would like more information please call our office at 770-475-8272.
During Dental Health Month we're offering a 25% discount on all professional cleanings. Please call to schedule you appointment and discuss any concerns with our staff. This is a great time to get the best dental care for your pet at a great savings. Together we can help keep your pet's smile bright and their breath fresh.
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