August: Oral Health Month

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Bad breath, build-up on the teeth, and refusal to eat are just a couple of signs that your pet may need to come in for a dental. Dental care starts from the time they are puppies and kittens. Oral health is an extremely important part of one’s well being, and ideally, your pet should be coming in once a year for their dental procedure. During this procedure, we remove build-up and dental calculus from the teeth, and if needed, extract unhealthy teeth that could be causing pain, decay, root exposure, or infection. 

While coming in for an annual dental procedure is just one step to prevent diseases, infections, pain and keep hygiene, at-home care is just as important. Ask us about the different preventatives we have at our clinic when you come for your next visit.

One daily action that you can add to your fur baby’s routine is brushing teeth. Although it might seem like a tireless effort for your pet to tolerate, brushing their teeth when they are puppies or kittens allows them to get used to it as they get older. Be sure to never use human toothpaste, due to the use of fluoride that is not safe for your pet. You can find pet toothpaste online, and we offer brushes at the clinic. 

Dental sprays are also something that we offer, and can be used for both brushing teeth and fresh breath. Simply spray about two pumps on to their brush, or spray it directly into the mouth.

There are also supplemental drops added to water that help to maintain oral health. These are called dental water additives, and they have several ingredients that help with dental health.  While we do not offer them at the clinic, you can easily find them at the pet store. 

Lastly, a popular preventative that we have are dental chews/treats. We offer OraVet for dogs and Greenies for both cats and dogs. They also vary in size depending on the weight of your pet, and should be given daily to maintain healthy teeth. Dental chews and treats can be a great way to reward your pet while simultaneously preventing dental calculus, decay, infections and more. 

These are just a couple of ways to provide at-home care to your pet, however coming in for an annual dental procedure will ensure that their teeth are in good condition, and assessed by a veterinarian routinely. Before the dental, Dr. Bandekar will examine the patient, determine what may need to be done and draw blood if it is not up to date for the procedure. Call our office to schedule their first dental consultation today!