Monday, February 3, 2014

The Trouble With Teeth

When it comes to dental health, some pets seem to have big problems. They tend to be prone to dental disease, and many begin loosing teeth before they hit midlife. By being proactive about your companion's oral hygiene, you can help protect them from tooth decay and the slew of the other conditions that come with it.

Tooth brushing removes the soft, mushy mess, but if it's not cleaned off, after a short 24 hours that plaque mineralizes to tarter between it and the gum below. Food material gets jammed in there, acting as a haven for bacteria-which is when the real trouble starts. Tarter looks solid but acts like a sponge. Bacteria breed inside it, creating odor. Bacteria then migrate into the gums, triggering inflammation. Bacteria can also spread into the bloodstream, producing havoc. It damages heart valves, causing congestive heart failure; form micro abscesses in the liver, and cause irreversible kidney damage.

Just like in humans, periodic cleanings play a crucial role in keeping your pet's teeth in tip-top shape. The month of February is recognized as National Dental Month and in observance we are offering $10 off. Call and schedule a dental cleaning with one of our doctors and together lets keep your pet's pearly whited as healthy as possible.

                                                              Dr. Becky Smith-Durham

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