Dental Health Months

FEBRUARY AND MARCH ARE PET DENTAL HEALTH MONTHS AT

HAVE A HEART ANIMAL HOSPITAL

Invest in your pet’s dental health during February and March and we’ll reward you for your good investment.  Save 10% on dental procedures performed during our dental health months. For details  click here to see the savings.

WHAT EVERY PET OWNER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DENTAL DISEASE AND PET HEALTH

Many pet owners are unaware that-just like with humans-good dental health is essential to the overall health of pets!  According to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medicine Association) and AVDS (American Veterinary Dentistry Society), dogs and cats need regular teeth cleanings and a healthy diet in order to maintain good oral health.  Poor dental health in pets-just as in humans-results in other health problems. For pets, this may include bone infections, tooth decay resulting in extractions, systemic infections damaging the heart and kidneys; loss of appetite resulting in weight loss and other medical problems caused by chronic bacterial infection.  These clinical issues can be costly to treat and painful to for your pet.  Read some comments from real clients whose pets had dental cleanings. (click here for our Pet Dental Health Testimonials)  While the idea of dental cleanings at home and by your veterinarian may seem silly, the photos below demonstrate how much damage is done to teeth, gums and bone if your pet’s dental care is neglected.  Investing in your pet’s dental health is a wise investment that curbs the potential for discomfort for your pet as well as remains a cost effective approach to good health. For more information, call us and visit this link.  Know the facts on dental health.

Each time we see your pet, we evaluate his/her teeth using a Dental Grading System. The teeth are graded from I to IV, depending on the condition of the teeth, gums and other oral tissue. The real photos below demonstrate each Dental Grade and the description explains the condition of the pet’s mouth, as well as what is required to treat the pet.  After you review the photos, you can do a quick “Pet Dental Health Assessment” on your pet’s dental health to help you see how your pet is doing.   If you think that your pet might have a Dental Grade of II, III or IV, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. To access the Pet Dental Health Assessment tool, click here.

 

Grade I / NICE JOB! No sign of plaque or tartar

 Home dental care is needed to maintain these healthy teeth and gums.  Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly is ideal.  There are products available to help make home dental care easy and hassle free, such as tooth sealers, rinses and food.

 

Grade II / Mild Gingivitis-Early Periodontal Disease

 Gum is inflamed and swollen.  You may notice a thin red line along the gum line.  You will see plaque beginning to cover the teeth. A dental prophylactic cleaning and polishing is indicated within the next few months.

 

Grade III/ Moderate Gingivitis-Established Periodontal Disease

Gums are inflamed and swollen.  Your pet’s mouth is painful and odor is noticed. Gum pockets allow bacteria to flourish.  Now, moderate amounts of plaque build up.  Dental cleaning to remove tartar is needed within the next 30 days.  Tartar control diet and home dental care are needed afterward for prevention. Extractions may be needed.

                                 

Grade IV/Severe Gingivitis-Advanced Periodontal Disease

Your pet has periodontal disease, red and bleeding gums.  Gum is damaged by infection and tartar.  Sore mouth and bad breath odor are notoiceable.  Dental cleaning to remove tartar is needed immediately. Gum pockets and extractions are expected. Chronic infection is destroying the gum, teeth and bone.  Bacteria are spreading through the body via the bloodstream threatening the kidneys, liver and heart. Extractions and suturing is necessary.  Tartar control diet and home dental care are needed to prevent recurrence.

 

Visit the Pet Health section of our website to get more information on the Importance of Dental Health.

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