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Dental season is upon us. For the months of February and March we are offering 10 percent off of dental services with a free dental exam.

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. Common signs of oral disease mimic our own signs of dental disease and include:

  • Tartar buildup
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Changes in eating or chewing habits
  • Generalized depression

Bacteria and food debris accumulate on your pet’s teeth and gums, and, if your pet’s teeth aren’t cleaned regularly, this leads to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay eventually results in irreversible periodontal disease and can cause tooth loss, making your pet uncomfortable in the process.

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Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body: bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and from there can cause serious kidney infections, liver disease, lung disease and heart valve disease. Oral disease can also indicate that another disease process is occurring somewhere else in a pet’s body. With a thorough physical examination and laboratory work, we can determine if this is the case and treat your pet from there.

You can prevent discomfort from dental issues in the first place by having your pet’s teeth evaluated by a Middlehope Veterinary Hospital veterinarian annually. As much as 50% of your pet’s dental disease can be hidden under the gums, so during exams, we use digital dental X-rays to evaluate the health of your pet’s dental roots, too.

Regular dental cleanings can add years to your pet’s life. The American Veterinary Dental Society has estimated that pets live an average of two years longer when they have healthy mouths.

During your pet’s examinations, we can also recommend and demonstrate preventative measures, like teeth brushing, you can do at home. Caring for a pet’s teeth should be a team effort, and you can help keep your pet’s mouth healthy and pain-free with at-home dental care, too.

Contact Middlehope Veterinary Hospital to Request an Appointment