Keoki's Corner

Pet Dental Health

In following the discussion of last week’s post we are going to discuss some important points of pet dental disease. Nearly 85% of pets over three years of age have some form of dental disease, though most will show little sign of it.  While this number is staggering, we have to think of it in relation to humans; on average, we get two dental exams and cleanings per year and brush our teeth every day.  How often are we brushing our pets’ teeth?  Probably not as much as you brush your own.  

What are the signs of dental disease?

The most common sign pet owners notice is bad breath.  Bad breath is often caused by bacteria and decaying food that stick to the tartar on teeth.

Another sign of dental disease is tartar.  Tartar begins as plaque (bacterial biofilm) that coats the surface of the teeth.  If plaque is not removed from the teeth, it will harden (called mineralization) and form tartar and calculus.  Tartar appears as a tan or brown coating on the teeth, particularly on the molars and premolars.  Tartar buildup above and below the gumline can lead to gum recession and infection resulting in tooth loss if untreated. 

Other signs of dental disease could include discomfort while chewing, drooling, or reluctance to eat. Continue…

Every Month is Dental Month at OSSVH

Did you know that 85% of dogs and cats over 3 years of age have dental disease? Bad breath is NOT normal. In fact, your pet’s bad breath is an indication of bacteria in the mouth, which can lead to tartar build-up and periodontal disease.

At OSSVH, dental cleaning for your pet just became more affordable. We have updated our standards of care to reflect the importance of dental health. Our dental cleanings for dogs and cats now include full mouth radiographs at no additional cost.

We are now offering complimentary dental evaluations for your pet. This is a brief, focused examination of your pet’s oral health. If a dental cleaning is scheduled at the time of the dental evaluation or at the time of your pet’s regular wellness examination, you will receive a 10% discount on their dental procedure.

As always, if your pet is enrolled in one of our Healthy Pet Plans, you will receive a 20% discount* on their dental procedure.

If you are concerned about your pets’ dental health, please contact our office to schedule a complimentary dental evaluation.

Stay tuned for more posts on pet dental health!




* discounts can not be combined

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