February is not just the time of year when you huddle by the fire and wish that winter would just be over already. It’s also National Pet Dental Health Month. If you don’t already brush your pet’s teeth or bring them in to us for a regular cleaning, here are 7 reasons you and your pet should participate in this important month:
1. Prevent periodontal disease
Without regular care, the plaque on your pet’s teeth will build up, leading to tartar and gingivitis, which can develop into periodontal disease. Studies have shown that by the age of 3, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have periodontal disease. If it’s not treated or managed, this disease can cause bleeding, make eating difficult, and lead to more serious health and dental hygiene problems.
2. Prevent loose teeth
If you’ve ever had a loose tooth, you’ll know that they’re painful. The progression of periodontal disease can cause loose teeth and even tooth loss! Loose teeth make activities like eating and chewing difficult for your beloved pet.
3. Prevent pain
Tying into the above reason, caring for your pet’s teeth can prevent discomfort and pain. Periodontal disease and loose teeth are painful, and our pets are remarkably good at hiding when they are in pain. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t experiencing any. Make sure that your pet isn’t having difficulty eating or chewing because of poor dental health.
4. Increase your pet’s lifespan
Gingivitis leads to periodontal disease, and periodontal disease can lead to other health problems outside of the mouth. The bacteria that develops around your pet’s teeth can enter their blood stream and cause more serious medical conditions, including heart, kidney, or liver disease.
5. Improve their breath
On a more superficial level, providing regular care for your pet’s teeth can prevent bad breath. If your pet’s breath is so bad it sends you running in the other direction, a good cleaning may be in order.
6. Maintain whiter teeth
A daily dental routine can also keep your pet’s pearly whites looking just like that – white. Give your pet a whole new smile with regular brushing.
7. Save on vet bills
Although yearly cleanings will cost you some money now, they could save you big bucks down the road. By keeping your pet’s teeth clean and free of disease, you could be saving yourself from expensive medical procedures in the future, including tooth removal, surgery, or the cost of dealing with other health conditions that could arise from periodontal disease.
All of these are great reasons to celebrate pet dental health month, but there’s just one more – because you love your pet! Brushing your pet’s teeth is a great and easy way to keep them healthy and happy. Contact us today about getting started on the path to good dental hygiene with a professional cleaning!