North Orange Animal Hospital “NOAH” reminds pet owners there is more to oral health than just a pretty smile
The staff of North Orange Animal Hospital is reminding all pet owners in Apopka, Longwood and surrounding areas, that February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), National Pet Dental Health Month message reminds pet owners that brushing your pet’s teeth is good for both your pet’s health and your budget.
“Routine cleanings not only can help prevent periodontal disease and save money in the long run, but also allow for a complete oral examination that can detect hidden health problems,” said Dr. Bearden, of NOAH. “Brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most effective way to maintain dental health between professional dental cleanings.”
AVMA President Dr. Mike Topper says regular dental exams are an integral and primary component of a pet’s overall health care and can help prevent more serious health problems.
“Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets; it’s also entirely preventable,” said Dr. Topper. “Twice-a-year checkups, including an oral health checkup, are important to ensure your pet is not in pain and is not suffering from serious oral health problems. Besides causing receding gums and tooth loss, bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream, potentially infecting the heart, liver and kidneys, which can be potentially life threatening.
While regular dental checkups are essential to help maintain your pet’s dental health, there are a number of signs that dental disease has already started. If you notice any of the symptoms below, take your pet in to your veterinarian immediately:
- Red swollen gums
- Bad breath (similar to the smell of a rotten egg)
- Teeth that are broken, loose, discolored or covered in tartar
- Abnormal chewing, drooling or dropping food from the mouth
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Shying away from you when you touch the mouth area
- Frequent pawing or rubbing at the face and/or mouth
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Weight loss
For more information about National Pet Dental Health Month, please contact NOAH at (407)886-0706 or click the button below to schedule your appointment.