February Dental Health Month For Pets

dog teethDid you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month? The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) declared February National Pet Dental Health Month because dental disease is one of the most common diseases affecting dogs and cats. The oral health of pets has been highly ignored up until recently and the AVMA wants to change that.  According to them, yellow teeth and bad breath can be a sign of serious oral disease in your pet that can affect their internal organs including their kidneys, liver, and heart.  If your pet presents with bad breath and yellow teeth, don’t ignore it. Take them to the vet for a dental checkup and spread the word that February is national dental health month for pets.

 

Pets and Periodontal Disease

Your pets can develop periodontal disease just like humans do. It affects their overall health the same as it does in humans, too. A healthy mouth is key to living a longer, healthier life. You may think bad breath is a natural thing for pets, but it actually is often the only symptom of periodontal disease that pet owners notice. Harmful bacteria associated with periodontal disease can invade the blood stream and become systemic, affecting other organs such as the heart and liver. If left untreated, it commonly leads to tooth loss and even jaw fractures.

Pet Dental Care

At home cleanings and dental cleanings in a veterinary clinic are both important to the oral health of your pet. Your vet can teach you proper tooth-brushing techniques and provide alternatives such as pet dental rinses and chews to help clean your pet’s teeth and maintain their oral health.

About Your Reno Dentists

Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 829-7700.