February is Pet Dental Health Month. Just like people, your pet has dental health needs too, but unlike people, your pet is dependent on you to help them take care of their teeth. Dental disease in dogs affects their teeth, gums, and structures that support and surround their teeth. When a dog’s teeth go unbrushed, plaque builds up containing food particles and bacteria. If left alone the plaque will harden into tartar. Tartar can make its way below the gumline and cause inflammation and infections. If left untreated, your dog could experience serious health problems.
Pets can develop many of the same dental problems as people do such as:
Untreated dental disease can even lead to organ damage if bacteria from the plaque enters the bloodstream.
There are many signs your dog might be experiencing dental health problems. Be on the lookout for possible symptoms such as:
If you notice any signs or symptoms that your dog is experiencing dental health problems, be sure to contact your veterinarian.
You can prevent dental disease by helping your pet take care of their dental health. Annual professional dental cleanings are recommended to help clean your dog’s teeth and catch any potential problems early. Catching problems before they become serious can save you from expensive dental care in the future.
There are also ways you can help your dog at home.
It’s best to start early when it comes to taking care of your dog’s dental health, but now is the perfect month to get more serious about your dog’s dental health. Use at home methods and professional cleanings to make sure your dog is healthy and happy!
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