February is National Pet Dental Month! Watch for our dental specials for the Months of February, March and April 2017!
Does Your Pet Have Bad Breath?
Could your pet's bad breath be a symptom of a more serious problem?
Bad breath can mean periodontal disease. Just think if you didn't brush your teeth for two years! Periodontal disease is an inflammation and loosening of the ligaments that support the tooth roots in the bone of the jaw. Some basic facts about periodontal disease:
* Periodontal disease is currently the number one diagnosed problem in dogs and cats over age three.
*Food particles and bacteria build up in the mouth, forming plaque and tartar, which can lead to gingivitis and irreversible periodontal disease.
* Other problems can result including tooth decay, bad breath, bleeding gums, and tooth loss.
*Bacteria can enter the bloodstream and damage the heart, liver, kidneys, and lungs.
There are easy steps to prevent oral disease: First, a thorough dental exam by your veterinarian; Second, a dental cleaning under anesthesia, if necessary; Third, a home dental care program, including regular follow-up checkups.