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How To Master Pet Dental Care 

February is the month of love, but it also doubles a very important pet health awareness month. The American Veterinary Medical Association has marked February as National Pet Dental Health Month. As such, there’s no better time to dive into the ins and outs of oral healthcare for pets. We’re here to help you master pet dental care to promote the healthiest, happiest smile for your four-legged companion.

Monitoring Your Pet’s Oral Health

Early intervention is key when it comes to your pet’s oral health concerns. Oral health problems are often linked to underlying conditions. To ensure that minor dental issues do not escalate into complex, costly, and potentially hazardous problems, we recommend scheduling an appointment with your veterinarian annually to monitor your pet’s teeth and gums.

Detecting Oral Health Concerns

In some cases, you may notice symptoms of an oral health concern before you reach your pet’s annual dental check-up. That’s why it’s important to understand the various symptoms that may indicate your pet needs a sooner appointment. You should pursue veterinary care as soon as possible if you detect any of the following in your pet, including:

  • Severe bad breath
  • Loose, broken, or fractured teeth
  • Retained baby teeth
  • Unusual chewing
  • Relentless drooling or inability to hold food in the mouth
  • Declining appetite
  • Noticeable mouth pain
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Mouth swelling

 Common Dental Issues In Pets

In contrast to humans, cavities are not a leading cause of dental issues in pets. While they are not impossible, there are several more prominent causes that you should know about. Common pet dental concerns include:

  • Broken or damaged teeth and tooth roots
  • Periodontal disease
  • Infections or abscesses
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors and cysts
  • Bite misalignment
  • Broken or fractured jaw
  • Cleft palate or palate defects

This February, prioritize your pet’s smile and master the art of pet dental care. Contact your trusted veterinarian today to schedule your pet’s annual dental check-up.