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Pet Dental Health Month 2021

The AVMA sponsors National Pet Dental Health Month every February, in order to address the significance of oral health care for our pets.

February is the month we dedicate to dental care and education for our four-legged companions. This is the perfect month to start new dental health care habits to follow throughout the year.

Check your pet's teeth regularly for concerning symptoms. If your pet is having dental issues the first step is to begin with an oral exam of your pet’s mouth by a veterinarian. Annual wellness exams include an oral exam which allow for early prevention and treatment.

If a dental is required your pet will need to spend a day at the hospital. A thorough dental cleaning and evaluation is performed under anesthesia for your pet's safety. During the procedure radiographs (x-rays) may be needed to evaluate the health of the jaw and the tooth roots below the gumline. Most dental disease occurs below the gumline, where you can’t see it. Dental cleaning includes scaling (to remove dental plaque and tartar) and polishing with optional sealant. After your pet fully wakes up from their procedure you can pick them up the same day. The process is similar to the process used on your own teeth during your regular dental cleanings. Imagine what would happen to our teeth if we only brushed them once every few months? We will help you keep your pet's mouth healthy and comfortable.

Veterinary dentistry includes all aspects of oral health care including the cleaning, filing, extraction, or repair of your pets' teeth. These procedures should be performed with your pet under anesthesia by a veterinarian or a board-certified veterinary dentist.

We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have.

Author: Meghan Lauro

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