At Homey Gnome Veterinary Clinic, we are excited to share with you that February is National Pet Dental Health Month. This month is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of proper pet dental care and emphasizes the need for pet owners to prioritize their pet’s dental health all year long. Let’s explore why this is so important.
The Benefits of Good Pet Dental Health
Good pet dental health not only provides your pet with white, shiny teeth, but it also benefits your pet’s overall health and well-being. When your pet has healthy gums and teeth, they are more likely to have better breath and enjoy a longer lifespan.
Good oral hygiene can help prevent periodontal disease, which occurs when bacteria infiltrate the gums and cause inflammation, pain, swelling, infection, and eventually tooth loss. Left to progress, periodontal disease can affect the health of your pet’s internal organs, such as the heart, kidneys, and liver.
Taking Care of Your Pet’s Teeth at Home
Here at Homey Gnome Veterinary Clinic, we recommend brushing your pet’s teeth regularly with toothpaste that is specifically designed for pets. We carry a full line of pet-specific dental products in our online store. You should also inspect their teeth for broken or loose teeth or other signs of infection or injury. If you notice anything unusual or out of the ordinary on inspection, be sure to schedule an appointment with us right away to get them checked out.
In addition to regular teeth brushing and inspections at home, it is highly recommended that you bring your dog or can in for a professional cleaning once a year. During these appointments our veterinary team will thoroughly examine your pet’s mouth while they clean each individual tooth as well as deep clean any areas below the gum line where plaque can accumulate over time.
Proper dental care for pets should be considered all year long—not just during Pet Dental Health Month! Taking good care of your pet’s teeth can help keep them healthy throughout their life span. At Homey Gnome Veterinary Clinic we are here to assist with all aspects of your furry friends’ dental health needs from routine check-ups to deep cleanings. Make sure you schedule an appointment today so we can help keep their smiles bright!
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