Smile - it's National Pet Dental Health Month!

Keeping up with your pet's dental health isn't only about their teeth. Dental problems can lead to discomfort, decreased appetite, and even larger issues if bacteria from the mouth travels through the body. Bacteria build up in the mouth can affect your pet's organs, including their liver, heart, and kidneys.

The first sign of dental issues may just be the all-too-familiar “doggy breath.” It is estimated that as many as 70% of dogs have periodontal disease by the time that they are three years old. That stinky doggy breath could mean that your pet has gingivitis or periodontitis.

When plaque builds up on your pet's teeth, it hardens into tartar that can create inflammation, infection, and tooth damage if it gets below the gumline.

To keep your pet healthy, be sure to brush their teeth daily and to have regular dental exams to identify any potential issues. Do not use human toothpaste on your pets as many of the ingredients can be toxic to pets. Specially made pet toothpastes will not only have the appropriate ingredients but will come in flavors that your pet loves (such as bacon or peanut butter). You may also consider dental wipes instead of brushing. Dental rinses and water additives that contain enzymes to reduce plaque buildup are another option. High quality dental chews may also be useful for dogs.

In honor of National Dental Health Month, we are offering 10% off all dental services at Longevity Veterinary Center, including non-anesthetic dentistry.

Call us at (973) 256-3899 to schedule your pet's dental appointment today!