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    Why Dental Care is Important for Your Pet's Overall Health

    The Most Common Disease in Pets
    Periodontal Disease 

    If periodontal disease is almost entirely preventable why is it so rampant?
    Unfortunately, most people think "out of sight, out of mind". Periodontal disease doesn't present itself with signs until there is already a lot of damage. Even when it shows signs - It's like an iceberg, what you do see is only a small part of the disease's damage. Most pet owners don't notice any signs of the disease, so they don't shedule regular preventive dental care for their pets. They don't see it - so they don't think there's a problem. That's why 80% of pets over age 3 continue to have this disease.

     What is Periodontal Disease
    Periodontal disease is a term used to describe inflammation or infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth.  back to top

     If periodontal disease is almost entirely preventable why is it so rampant?
    Unfortunately, most people think "out of sight, out of mind". Periodontal disease doesn't present itself with signs until there is already a lot of damage. Even when it shows signs - It's like an iceberg, what you do see is only a small part of the disease's damage. Most pet owners don't notice any signs of the disease, so they don't shedule regular preventive dental care for their pets. They don't see it - so they don't think there's a problem. That's why 80% of pets over age 3 continue to have this disease.  back to top

     How do I know if my pet has periodontal disease?
    The truth is, you don't. By the time you can see it, there is already a lot of damage. By the time there are obvious signs, such as bad breath and loose teeth, there is already significant damage. Periodontal disease begins and exists under the gumline where it is not visible. White teeth does not mean your pet is free from disease.  back to top

     How do I keep my dog or cat from getting this disease?
    It is essential to have annual dental exams and cleanings in order to prevent and identify periodontal disease. The dental exam and cleaning need to be done under anesthesia, where the pet's mouth is thoroughly evaluated, cleaned and all the teeth are x-rayed to identify bone loss, periodontal pockets and other disease involving the tooth root and surrounding bone that are not visible to the naked eye. In addition to annual exams at ABC Vet Hospital, our veterinarians will teach you how to provide ongoing dental care for your pet.  back to top

     Are dental cleanings without anesthesia helpful?
    No. They can actually do more harm than good. Seeing clean teeth will give you a false sense of security that your dog has good dental health. 70% of periodontal disease is not visible to the naked eye. The rewards of a proper dental exam under anesthesia far outweigh the minimal risk involved.  back to top

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    I believe that preventing periodontal disease is so important for your pet to live a long and healthy life that I'm giving double rewards points if you will use the form below to schedule your pets dental exam now.

    Dr. Barry Neichin, Chief of Staff
    ABC Veterinary Hospital

    Yes! I want to schedule a dental exam for my pet.

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