It may be the last few days of February which is National Pet Dental Health Month but it is never too late to take care of your pet’s dental health no matter the month. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) declared February National Pet Dental Health Month because they want to boost awareness regarding the dental health of pets. Believe it or not dental disease is one of the most common diseases affecting dogs and cats, and you may believe it once you think about it because who really thinks of their pets teeth? If you overlook your pet’s dental health it is not too late to do something about it.
A Matter of Health
It is probably safe to say that not many people consider their pet’s dental health a pressing issue, but the truth is it is as serious an issue as your own dental health. It can be difficult to brush your pet’s teeth and costly to take them to a veterinary dentist, but it is a matter of health. Pets can develop periodontal disease just like humans do and it not only damages their teeth and gums, and jaws, but it can damage their internal organs as well.
What to Do
You take care of your pets teeth the same way as your own. You should brush them daily and take them for professional cleanings. It can be tricky trying to brush your cat or dog’s teeth, but your veterinarian can teach you proper tooth-brushing techniques. There are also other alternatives such as dental chews and pet dental rinses that can help maintain their oral health.
About Your Lake Forest Dentist:
Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.