February is Pet Dental Health Month!

Scary stat: 80% of dogs have some form of periodontal disease by the age of three!

Did you know periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition even though it’s completely preventable?

Taking care of your dog’s teeth is a huge part in ensuring overall good health. Dental disease can not only damage your dog’s teeth and gums, but his internal organs as well.

Think everything looks ok? Most dental disease occurs below the gum line where you can’t see it. Bacteria that you can’t see can damage the tissues connecting the teeth and jaw. Brushing your dog’s teeth is the single most important thing you can do between professional cleanings.

Bad breath is just one of the signs of underlying dental disease.

ALL of the following are warning signs of possible dental disease in dogs (from the AVMA)

• Redness of the gums
• Bad breath
• Loose teeth
• Discolored teeth
• Broken teeth
• Tenderness around the mouth and/or teeth
• Drooling or dropping food
• Bleeding from the mouth
• Loss of appetite/poor appetite
• Weight loss

Source: moderndogmagazine.com/articles/february-pet-dental-health-month/101435

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