February Is National Pet Dental Health Month

When you own a pet, you are responsible for their health and happiness. One of the commitments is to take care of their teeth and gums. You may be thinking that this only mean routinely brushing your pet’s teeth. However, to avoid serious dental health issues, your pet needs get a check up for their teeth every six months to ensure it is healthy.

smiling doggieStatistics show that 85 percent of pets suffer from periodontal disease by the time they turn three years old. At 5 Points Animal Hospital, we understand the importance of your pet’s dental health. We are here to help your pet avoid the adverse effects of periodontal disease. In honor of February being National Pet Dental Health month, we are offering a 10 percent discount on dental cleanings for the entire month of February. We would like to tell you more about the importance of having your pet’s teeth cleaned in our East Nashville location, and we also have tips to help keep your pet’s mouth healthy for the long run.

Why does my pet need to get his teeth professionally cleaned?

Periodontal disease progresses in stages, and it begins when bacteria and food particles combine to form plaque on the teeth. The plaque then quickly bonds with more bacteria in the mouth to become tartar later. Tartar then hardens to the teeth and provides an easy pathway for bacteria to get underneath the gums. This stage is more serious than gingivitis.

The next stage is periodontal disease, which puts your pet at risk of losing their teeth. While you can remove plaque from your pet’s teeth and gums at home, the only way to remove tartar is with a professional veterinary dental cleaning, according to VetStreet. After a cleaning from our staff at 5 Points Animal Hospital, we will make a follow-up appointment to check if we were able to reverse the progress of gingivitis. Unfortunately, we cannot reverse the damage once it reaches the periodontal stage. It is so important to bring your pet in every six months for a professional teeth cleaning.

What can I do at home between cleanings to help avoid periodontal disease?

While it is very challenging at first to brush your pet’s teeth, 5 Points Animal Hospital can show you tips with a finger toothbrush to make this task easier. Pet toothpaste is available in a variety of flavors such as chicken and malt, so you may have to try a couple of different ones to see which they prefer.

If plaque is a concern, we can recommend a plaque prevention product that you can apply to your pet’s teeth every week that greatly reduces plaque. Another way to promote good dental health is to give your pet a special diet and treats, which also help to the formation of reduce plaque and tartar. Larger kibbles provide abrasive action that can remove food particles from your pet’s teeth, and there are even food that contain special ingredients to help prevent tartar mineralization.

Celebrate National Pet Dental Health Month with us this February with 10 percent off dental cleanings! Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital today to schedule your appointment.

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