February is National Dental Month
10% off Dentals
The American Veterinary Medical Association established February as National Pet Dental Month each year.
Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats. More than 68 percent of all pets over the age of three have some form of periodontal or dental disease. Often, your pet’s bad breath is the only obvious symptom of dental disease. Most pet owners have experienced their dog or cat breathing that horrible stench directly into their face. The bad breath comes from infection due to tartar buildup which contains a lot of bacteria.
Periodontal disease is inflammation or infection of the tissues surrounding the tooth. Tartar accumulates on the teeth contributing to gum recession around the base of the tooth. Gum recession leads to unprotected tooth surfaces and then infection. If the infection goes untreated, tooth loss is likely.
Once your pet develops tartar, it will be necessary to have it removed by professional scaling and polishing under anesthesia. Most of the time, antibiotics are necessary after the dental cleaning to combat the bacteria that are responsible for the gingivitis. Tooth scaling would be performed with ultrasonic cleaning equipment to remove the tartar both above and below the gum line. The tartar beneath the gum line causes the most significant gum recession.
It is imperative to establish a home dental care program for your pet. There are many different things that pet owners can do to help keep their pet’s teeth healthy. Brushing your dog’s teeth is unquestionably the best preventative. Not all dogs will allow their owners to do this unless you get them used to it at a very early age. Brushing your pet’s teeth every day is recommended.
Feeding dry food and crunchy treats actually helps scrape the plaque off their teeth as they are chewing. Prescription treats are available that have plaque fighting medicine in them making prevention much easier. Several special pet mouth rinses can be used to help prevent plaque.
Your veterinarian should advise you on the health of your pet’s teeth. Why not let National Pet Dental Awareness Month be a reminder to have your pet’s teeth
Animal Medical Center of Warrenton
79 Garrett Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
Telephone: (540) 428-0025
Fax: (540) 428-2005
Hours of Operation
8 AM – 5 PM Mon. – Fri.
8 AM – 12 PM Saturday
Closed on Sunday
For emergencies after hours call Prince William Emergency Veterinary Clinic at 703-361-8287
Dr. John Rethman and his staff are committed to excellence and a pro-active approach in providing compassionate small animal care. He has been practicing veterinary medicine in the Northern Virginia area since 1982.