Pet Talk: Pet Dental Health Month

While any pet owner knows the importance of a regular grooming and exercise routine for their pet, proper dental care is often overlooked. With February being National Pet Dental Health Month, there is no better time to develop a maintenance plan for your pet’s oral hygiene.

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5 Signs of Gum Disease in Dogs

By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell | Found on PetMD
Bacteria are everywhere on human and canine bodies, but when they get under your dog’s gums in the form of plaque, they can lead to gum disease, the most common dental condition that occurs in adult dogs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
“Most of what many people think they know about gum disease in dogs is wrong,” says Brook Niemiec, a veterinarian at Veterinary Dental Specialties and Oral Surgery in San Diego. While many pet parents believe that tartar, a brown-colored coating on the teeth, causes gum disease, it actually does not, by itself. “People will lift up [a dog’s] lip and look for tartar, [but] it is actually bacterial plaque that causes gum disease,” he says. Tartar, which is just calcified, hardened plaque, does provide more “hiding places” for bacteria to thrive, however.
Learn more about the most common signs of gum disease and how to prevent this condition in your dog, below. Read more

 5 Things That Can Improve Your Dog’s Teeth

Article by Lynne Miller | Found on Pet MD
It’s not pretty. When a veterinarian opens a dog’s mouth, he often finds teeth stained brown and red or bleeding gums. In extreme cases, teeth are loose, broken or missing altogether.
Infection, disease and other oral problems are far too common in canines. More than 85 percent of dogs over the age of three have dental problems that require professional treatment, according to the Animal Medical Center of New York’s website.
Oral health is more important than you think. Studies in dogs have shown that periodontal disease is associated with microscopic changes in the heart, liver, and kidneys, according to the American Veterinary Dental College. Read more