Did you know February is Dental Health Month? Dental disease is one of the most common conditions for both cats and dogs. The good news is that it is preventable! With regular dental exams, annual teeth cleanings, and simple care at home, your veterinarian and you can work together to keep your pet’s smile bright and healthy! Although most pets do not like to have their teeth brushed at first, over time they will become accustomed to the process and will become more comfortable with it. 

What Is Dental Disease?

Much like us humans, our pets can also suffer from several of the same dental issues such as tartar build-up, gum recession, bone loss, and broken missing teeth. These can lead to pain, tooth loss, infections, liver, heart, and kidney disease. It is important to maintain healthy teeth and gums, just like you care for your teeth, your pets need the same level of care. 

What can I do to help my pet?

Visit your veterinarian for a professional dental cleaning every year, preferably after your pet’s annual wellness visit and lab screenings. The overall health of your pet, from snout to tail, should not be overlooked. We understand they are important members of your family, and we treat them that way. Your pets have a special place in your heart, and in ours. 

Oral Cleaning Routine Tips

Follow these simple tips to help maintain good oral hygiene between professional cleanings:

*Daily Tooth Brushing

*Use oral rinse or gel 

*Provide Dental Chews or Chew Toys

*Wellness Exams every 6 months-year

*Avoid giving your dog cow hooves, natural bones, thick pig ears, or hard Nylabones since these are very hard and can lead to broken teeth. 

If you have any questions or concerns about cleaning your dog or cat’s teeth give your Ellicott City, MD veterinarian a call at 410-465-6218 to schedule an appointment for your pet. We are happy to answer any questions and demonstrate how to brush their teeth properly.