February is here, and that means it's National Pet Dental Health Month. It can be easy to overlook your dog's oral health on a day-to-day basis. This campaign is a great reminder to take care of your dog's teeth now and all year round.
Oral hygiene is an essential part of caring for your dog. Many people think "doggie breath" is inevitable. In reality, halitosis is a sign of an oral problem. Plaque and tartar buildup can lead to serious oral problems such as periodontal disease. Dental problems cause oral pain and can lead to infections and tooth loss. Dental disease can also cause loss of appetite, weight loss, and systemic diseases. Prevention is the cornerstone of canine dental health. Many dogs will need a professional cleaning every year or two, but daily home care can allow for less frequent professional cleanings. February is a great time to visit your vet for an oral exam and cleaning in honor of National Pet Dental Health Month. However, regardless of the month, remember to keep those pearly whites sparkling and that breath fresh.
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