FEBRUARY IS DENTAL MONTH!
It is that time of year again……..
Yes, it is dental month at Monticello Animal Hospital. Keeping your pet’s mouth clean and free of disease is very important for the overall health of your pet. We at MAH take great pride in offering not one, but two discounted dental months during the year: October and February. When your pet comes to us for an exam, the doctors and staff will do a thorough evaluation of the mouth to assess whether or not your pet may need a professional teeth cleaning.
There are several stages of dental disease.
First stage is mild dental disease. This is when the gums look healthy, no redness or inflammation present but you may see a small amount of staining and tartar on some of the teeth but not all. Brushing your pet’s teeth daily or dental chews may be acceptable at this stage but the doctor will likely want a recheck in 4-6 months to re-evaluate the health of the mouth.
The second and third stage is moderate dental disease. In this stage your pet will need a professional teeth cleaning under general anesthesia. In this stage there is evidence of gum disease (swollen and red gums with possible bleeding), and a heavy layer of tartar/staining on most of the teeth. You may also notice foul smelling breath which may indicate an infection starting in the mouth.
The last stage, stage four, is severe dental disease. In this stage you will smell foul breath, all teeth are covered with heavy tartar and stain, and there may be many loose teeth or infected teeth present, and severe gum disease with possible bone loss of the jaw. In this stage, the doctor will need to perform a professional mouth cleaning under anesthesia with extractions. This can be very painful for the pet if the pre-dental, dental, and post-dental care is not addressed properly.
Here at MAH we assess all pets and form a plan specific for each pet we treat. If you let your pets dental health go, you could deal with larger problems such as pain, loss of appetite, infections in the mouth leading to tooth abscesses and or infections in the heart and other areas of the body. So please contact us today for a dental examine and schedule your dental to help show some love to your pets and in return you will receive healthy kisses!!