February is National Pet Dental Health Month

February is National Pet Dental Health Month and so it is important that all animal owners should have their pet’s teeth and gums cleaned on a regular basis.

National Pet Dental Health Month teaches pet owners that proper dental hygiene is equally as important for their pets as it is for humans. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), by the time a pet reaches two years of age, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease. Periodontal infections have been linked to diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and other life-threatening illnesses.

Cats over the age of four may develop tooth resorption, in which the tooth enamel begins to erode either at or below the gum line. Lesions will develop and, depending on the extent of the resorption, the tooth may lose its structure and need to be extracted, although the roots are present.

While 80% of people brush their teeth at least once a day, many people do not do the same for their pets, the AVMA states. Central Veterinary Associates offers dental services, which include teeth cleaning and polishing, dental X-rays, tooth extractions and oral surgery.

It is imperative that pet owners pay attention to their pet’s dental health. Periodontal disease is very serious in animals and may result in significant health problems. Central Veterinary Associates offers comprehensive dental services to help keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy. CVA can also schedule checkups for your pets and, in the event of a dental emergency, its Valley Stream facility has a hospital that is open around the clock, 365 days a year, with a veterinarian always on duty in its emergency room.

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