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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.

Savings Special for Pet Dental Health Month

February is Pet Dental Health Month. So to celebrate, 5 Points Animal Hospital is offering 15 percent off of our pet dental cleaning services for the entire month. Contact us now to make your appointment! According to VetStreet, approximately 85 percent of all pets end up suffering from gum disease by the time they are three years old. What’s the best way to prevent this from happening? Have your pet’s teeth and gums professionally cleaned at the vet’s office. We would like to tell you more about our pet dental cleaning services.

What is involved during a pet dental cleaning?

When your pet comes into 5 Points Animal Hospital for a professional dental cleaning, we will remove the plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth. In addition, we assess his or her overall oral health. Even if you are brushing your pet’s teeth at home on a regular basis, it is impossible to get a thorough cleaning without the use of general anesthesia. This allows our veterinarians to be able to remove the plaque and tartar underneath your pet’s gums and keep your pet out of pain during this process.

How often should I have my pet’s teeth professionally cleaned?

We recommend that you schedule this service once a year. Making this appointment during the month of February is convenient, as it is Pet Dental Health Month. So, you will be able to benefit from our savings special! Your pet may also need a professional cleaning more often. Especially if he or she is showing any signs of gum disease. These signs include bad breath, drooling, difficulty chewing, or missing teeth.

What are the dangers of gum disease to pets?

Like humans, gum (or periodontal) disease can result in losing teeth. If left untreated, it can also lead to more serious diseases in other parts of the body. Gum disease is caused by bacteria that is not removed from the teeth. This bacteria can get into your pet’s bloodstream. When this happens, the bacteria will travel to other organs, including the heart, kidneys, and liver. This can cause serious infections. This is why it is so important to take care of your pet’s teeth by scheduling an annual appointment for a professional dental cleaning.

Take advantage of our special for Pet Dental Health Month this February. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital for a free Dental Exam or to schedule an appointment for a professional pet dental cleaning this month and save 15 percent!

The Importance of Dental Care for Your Pets

Pets have teeth too, and, as such, regular dental care is a crucial component of their overall health. Now answer this question honestly: When was the last time you gave any thought to your pet’s dental health? If your answer was something along the lines of “it’s been a while” or “never” you can take solace in knowing that you’re probably not alone. In fact, studies reveal that a whopping two-thirds of pet owners don’t provide regular dental care for their pets. This is a huge mistake!

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Have you ever experienced a painful tooth or an uncomfortable sore in your mouth? Most people that have issues with their oral hygiene seek dental care to rectify the situation. The same should be true for your four-legged companions. Even though pets don’t typically get cavities, they’re highly susceptible to periodontal disease, the #1 illness found in both dogs and cats. As such, it’s of the utmost importance that pet lovers include dental hygiene in their animals’ health and wellness routine.

The fact is, if you don’t look in your pet’s mouth, you’re likely missing important problems. Estimates suggest that, by the time they’re 3 years old, approximately 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease. Some of the most common symptoms in both include yellow and brown buildup of tartar along the gum line, inflamed gums, and persistent bad breath. A change in eating habits or pawing at the mouth can also be an indicator. Since dental problems often develop gradually over time, it’s easy to either miss the warning signs or attribute them to something else. This is why it’s absolutely critical to schedule a regular annual dental checkup with your pet’s veterinarian.

The mouth is the gateway to health for your pets. Those with poor oral health often have other health problems as well. If oral disease is left untreated, it can lead to a host of problems. Bacteria from the infected oral environment can seep into the blood stream causing complications with the heart, liver, kidneys and other serious health concerns. Studies have shown that the seriousness of these issues can reduce the life expectancy of your pet by 1 to 3 years. Though periodontal disease is the #1 disease among pets, the good news is that it’s also among the most treatable. Extending the life of your pet and improving their overall quality of life is not only possible, it can be made easy as well.

It’s important to visit your pet’s veterinarian for a dental exam to determine if your pet has periodontal disease. Depending on your pets’ breed and size, visits could be as frequent as every 3 to 6 months or annually. A home dental routine is extremely important, too. Imagine what would happen if you only brushed your teeth twice a year (when you visited your dentist). Plaque, the leading cause of periodontal disease, can begin to develop on pets’ teeth as quickly as 12 hours after a dental cleaning. Brushing your pets’ teeth can still be an effective method in a daily oral health routine.

Remember, good oral hygiene at home increases the time between necessary professional cleanings. If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call us at 5 Points Animal Hospital. We’ll help you keep your pets healthy and happy and show them the love and care that they deserve!

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