February 2020 www.surfacecreekveterinarycenter.com 970-856-4474
WHY WE’RE SO PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR PET’S TEETH
Getting the Word Out for Pet Dental Health Month or cat’s teeth back to square one and to good oral health. Fortunately, if we see the pet the following year, it’s typically a much quicker process. We clean and polish their teeth and can maintain that clean slate if we see them each year. Maintaining and preventing disease is a heck of a lot easier than treating it.
The other day, we saw some folks in our clinic, and it had been two years since their dog’s last tooth cleaning. We don’t always think about it, but two human years equates to about 14 dog years. What would your dentist say if you went that long without a cleaning? Sadly, sometimes in these situations, if a tooth is too decayed and infected, we have to pull it. Just like with humans, when we pull an animal’s adult tooth, it doesn’t grow back. We really dislike this part of our jobs. For one thing, pet teeth, and especially dog teeth, are ridiculously hard to pull. Most of a dog’s tooth is made up of the root — the part below the gums that we don’t see. We were at the dentist last month watching them pull our daughter’s teeth to make room for her braces, and the teeth came out so easily. “What about for you?” the dentist asked. “It’s pretty tough. Two-thirds of a dog’s tooth is made up of the root,” we told the dentist. With humans, the root is only 50%. More importantly, it’s really sad to deprive a pet of any of their chompers. Just like you, your pet relies on them to break down food and nourish their body. As you can imagine, just like it would be for us when it’s been that long between cleanings, it’s a fairly intensive appointment to get a dog
T his month, we’re tackling a potentially very dirty topic: your pet’s mouth. No offense, but we’re a bit jaded. In our line of work, we’ve seen all too many neglected teeth that require intensive cleaning. It’s not always well advertised that our pet’s teeth need regular maintenance to stay healthy and clean just like ours do. The old myth about your dog’s mouth being cleaner than yours? It’s just that — a myth. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the surgeon general have issued advisories that poor dental health in humans is connected to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases. Bacteria and infection in the mouth creates pus, and that pus enters the bloodstream, infecting the liver, heart, and other parts of the body. It’s no different for our dogs and cats. When we ignore a pet’s oral health, plaque builds up and causes infections that can lead to hepatitis, renal failure, or cancer. All these factors are stacked against your cat or dog.
With this in mind, each February, we do everything we can to get the word out about the importance of pet dental health. Our pets, just like us, need annual cleanings that prevent plaque from building up and causing other issues in the body. P.S. For all of February, we offer 20% off all dental-related services, including X-rays. Come celebrate Pet Dental Health Month and keep your pets healthy by keeping their teeth clean! Dr. Susie and Dr. Jeff Love your dogs and cats. Get their teeth cleaned.
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