February is Pet Dental Health Month! To help you keep your pet’s smile looking great, Sleuth the Reporter Dog did some research. Go ahead and sink your teeth into these guidelines from the Veterinary News Network!
1) More than 80% of pets will have some sort of dental disease by the time they reach the age of three.
2) Dental disease is often hidden. Experts state that 28% of dogs and 42% of cats have disease hidden in the gumline or along the roots of the pet’s teeth.
3) Dental disease starts as an accumulation of bacteria, saliva, food particles, and immune cells. This mixture is known as plaque.
4) If plaque is not removed from the teeth by some sort of mechanical action, like brushing, it will mineralize and form calculus, better known as dental tartar.
5) Tartar protects bacteria that cause inflammation of the gumline (gingivitis) and can erode tissue supporting the teeth (periodontitis).
6) Since 60% of the tooth is below the gumline, dental disease is often unseen on a routine exam. Dental x-rays can help your veterinarian find any disease process.
7) Fractured teeth and mal-aligned teeth are also comment in dogs. Veterinary dentists can now help straighten crooked teeth (orthodontics) and save broken or dead teeth (endodontics and restorations).
8) Veterinary dentists now routinely perform root canals and other oral surgeries.
9) At home dental care of your pet’s teeth is vital. Routine brushing and the use of barrier sealants after a dental cleaning at the veterinary office can help prevent the loss of your pet’s teeth.
10) Bookmark www.MyVNN.com as your source for the latest and most accurate pet health information!