February is Pet Dental Month

With February being Dental Health Month, it is a great time to review our past posts on dental health and care. Each week we will update this post with more information about the importance of dental care, what to do to improve your pet’s oral hygiene, etc.

February 1, 2022

Let’s begin this month with our dental quiz! How much do you know about oral health for your pet? Click the link below, answer the questions and find out instantly how you did. Then meet as back here next week for more info!

February 7, 2022

It’s week 2 and the tally is in from those who took the dental quiz – did you do it? How did you fair? Here are the results from 248 respondents:

Out of a possible 14 points, the average was 9. Our first question – What percentage of pets over age 3 have dental disease? – stumped more than half. Only 44.8% got the answer correct. 80% of pets over age 3 have some level of
dental disease! That question and answer alone should hopefully make people very aware of how important their pets oral care is.

We are super happy to report that 91.9% were aware that dental disease causes pain. As bacteria builds up in the mouth eventually plaque, then tartar forms on the teeth. Gums bleed and separate and the decay moves under the gums.  All of this decay of the teeth make the mouth very sore!  Until a dental surgery is performed, and the teeth can be cleaned above and below the gums as well as removing any unhealthy teeth, the pain will not go away. Untreated dental disease spreads throughout the body leading over time to heart and kidney disease. (Which happily, 91.1% of respondents were aware of this).

The question that stumped people the most was ordering the progression of dental disease.

The challenge for many was knowing where tartar build up fell into the mix wondering if it came before the gums became inflamed. Plaque accumulation and gingivitis can occur almost simultaneously, so if you couldn’t decide which of these two went first you are essentially correct either way. Then tartar build up will occur after gingivitis.

February 14, 2022

It’s our 3rd week of dental month. A great time to review brushing and how teaching your pet to have their teeth brushed can help immensely in their overall hygiene, reducing the need for surgical cleanings and extractions, or at the very least increasing the time needed between these procedures.

A few years ago we put together this video on brushing your pet’s teeth. Registered Veterinary Technologist, Brianna, does a wonderful job of teaching you how to do the same with your pet in just 4 easy steps. Be it cat or dog, both can learn to like dental brushings!

February 22, 2022

It’s the 4th and final week to dental month!  Can you believe the month is almost over already?!?  We hope you have learned a lot so far.  For this final week we will be sharing a previous blog post we wrote and another video.

First the blog post: Dental Health is So Very Important   This post talks about the general makeup of the teeth, the reason to not hand scale, and what brushing does and doesn’t do!

Next check out our video of a surgical dental procedure to see what is done in the process.

All in all, I think we can agree it is important to care for our pet’s teeth.  The thought use to be that you didn’t need to, after all wolves don’t care for their teeth and chewing bones etc is sufficient.  The reality is wolves often have rotten and broken teeth.  Dental care is a great way to help ensure your pet stays healthy, isn’t in pain and discomfort and will help to lead to a long happy life!