Those Pearly Whites: The Importance Of Home Pet Dental Care

SONY DSCMost of us give our oral hygiene its due diligence; we brush twice daily and see our dentists for regular cleanings and exams every six months. Even if we are only paying cursory attention to our teeth (ahem, daily flossing?) chances are we are still better off than our pets.

The fact is pet dental disease is one of the most common conditions diagnosed and treated by veterinarians around the country. Considering that most pets develop some form of the disease by age 3, this is no surprise.

Fortunately, we pet owners can turn this statistic around. Besides bringing your pet in for professional dental cleanings, there is much that you can do at home to keep your pet’s chompers in good working order. Continue…

Professional Pet Dental Care: What You Need To Know

Yorkie DentistFebruary is Pet Dental Health Month, and here at Mountainview Veterinary Hospital we couldn’t be more passionate about this topic. Your pet’s dental health is a key player in his or her overall health. A healthy mouth can actually lead to a longer, happier life for your pet.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection resulting from the buildup of plaque on the surfaces of the teeth near the gums. This plaque irritates the soft tissue and, if allowed to accumulate, can lead to infection in the bone under the gum line. Periodontal disease has been linked to a variety of systemic illness, such as liver, kidney, or heart disease, and oral cancers. Continue…