February is National Pet Dental Health Month and Northwest Animal Hospital in Plymouth is celebrating with special deals.
$50 off of any dental service during the month of February.
10% off all dental products until the end of February.
Plan Ahead Special – Get a free bag of Science Diet T/D tartar control food when you schedule a pre-dental exam and labwork in January.
Does your pet have bad breath? If so, the odor you smell is from bacteria on the teeth. The bacteria form a slime layer, known as plaque, which attaches to the teeth and hardens to form tartar. The plaque and tartar cause inflammation and tissue damage to the gums, called periodontal disease. Over time, the periodontal disease progresses causing irreversible damage to the structures surrounding the teeth. The teeth become loose and painful from the chronic infection. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause a decreased appetite, weight loss, tooth loss, increased risk of nipping or biting due to oral pain and kidney damage from chronic inflammation. Up to 75% of dogs and cats over the age of 2 years have periodontal disease.
Fight back against “dog breath”! The first step to treating “dog breath” is to recognize the signs of dental disease.
- Yellow or gray film on the surface of the teeth (usually worse on the upper back teeth)
- Redness or bleeding of the gums (look at the gum tissue where it meets the tooth to see if it is more red than other areas of the gum)
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Missing teeth
- Seeming to chew on only one side of the mouth or not chewing at all
- Reluctance to allow handling of the mouth
If you notice any of these signs, please schedule a routine dental cleaning. The cleaning is very similar to the routine cleaning that you have at your dentist’s office, however, pets need to be sedated in order to perform a thorough oral exam. After sedation, each tooth is cleaned, polished and radiographed. A fluoride coating is applied after the cleaning to protect the teeth. A thorough exam of all oral tissues including the throat and tonsils is also performed during sedation. The cleaning is an outpatient procedure with most pets back to their normal activities by that evening.
After a routine dental cleaning, an individual oral hygiene plan is developed for your pet so we can keep your pet’s teeth clean and healthy. Daily brushing is the best way to keep them clean. Who wouldn’t like a dose of poultry flavored toothpaste every day? CET Dental Chews or Aquadent water additive can also help to keep them clean.
Don’t let “dog breath” progress to permanent periodontal disease. Call to schedule a pre-dental exam today 763-475-2448