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February is National Pet Dental Health Care Month
NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine
February is National Pet Dental Health Month and owners are reminded that a pet’s bad breath could
signify a potentially serious dental or oral disease that could pose a health risk to the animal’s internal
organs.

The American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), in fact, reports that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have
some form of oral or dental disease by age three. According to Dr. William Krug, who directs the dentistry
service in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary
Medicine, preventative health care does not have to be complicated.

“An early oral exam by a veterinarian is important to properly diagnose gum and dental disease,” Dr. Krug
says. “Good oral health is an important component of an animal’s overall well-being. Oral disease can
begin simply with bacteria and plaque on a tooth surface near the gum line and progress into a condition
that can cause tooth decay, bleeding gums, tooth loss, potentially even damage to the heart and other
internal organs.”

The signs of possible gum and dental issues include: bad breath; loose teeth or teeth that are discolored
or covered in tartar; abnormal drooling, dropping food from the mouth or swallowing food whole; bleeding
from the mouth; sensitivity in the mouth area; and loss of appetite or other changes in eating or chewing
habits.

Trouble begins when food particles and bacteria form plaque and tartar, which can lead to gingivitis and
periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, in turn, leads to tooth decay, bad breath, bleeding gums, and
tooth loss. Further complications arise when the bacteria that cause periodontal disease travel into a pet's
bloodstream, possibly resulting in damage to the heart, liver, kidneys and lungs.

Small breed dogs can develop severe problems with periodontal disease because of crowding, and it can
lead to extreme discomfort and even problems like a broken jaw from the progressive loss of bone. Cats
can develop marked inflammation called stomatitis, which can be painful enough to make them stop eating.

“There is discomfort associated with generalized periodontal disease,” says Dr. Krug. "If your pet is having
oral discomfort, it’s likely that periodontal disease is present. Without regular dental cleanings by a
veterinarian and daily preventive maintenance, the disease is almost guaranteed to progress.”

At the minimum, Dr. Krug suggests annual visits to the veterinarian for an anesthetized dental scale/
polish, a thorough oral examination, and dental radiographs if recommended. “If owners can brush their
pet's teeth on a daily basis,” he says, “then they are taking huge strides towards slowing the progress of
the periodontal degeneration.”

One word of warning: never use human toothpaste to brush your pet’s teeth. It can make the animal sick.
Special foods, dental chews, rawhide, dental bones, and other healthy products can help keep teeth white
and free of disease.

In addition to the AVDS, other organizations formally involved in promoting pet dental health include the
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, American Veterinary
Dental College, Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians, Veterinary Oral Health Council, and Hill’s Pet
Nutrition, Inc.

The American Veterinary Medical Association offers details on dental health care.

Related Reading from Dr. Janet Tobiassen Crosby on About.com Guide to Veterinary Medicine.
"We are extremely pleased with the
excellent pet sitting service you
provided. Most important, of course, was
the (very obvious) loving care you gave
our beloved retired racers. And with all
the extras, it gave us complete peace of
mind to fully enjoy our vacation. Thank
you so much."
         Pat S.  Raleigh, NC

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