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Need some dental TLC?

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Call us at (203) 869-0534  today
to schedule your pet's dental appointment!
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Everyone appreciates good manners, but a clean mouth is about so much more. In fact, your pet's adorable mouth – in addition to enjoying tasty food and doling out sweet kisses to deserving humans – serves as a gateway of sorts to the rest of their body. 
Cute little Shih Tzu mix getting teeth brushed by human.
This means if there's trouble in your pet's mouth, as with dental disease, unwelcome body guests bacteria can invade their bloodstream and cause trouble for the entire body, even attacking vital organs like kidneys, liver and heart. Talk about poor manners!

Dental disease is the most common major health problem of cats and dogs.
Without frequent brushing at home and regular professional cleanings by a veterinarian, most dogs and cats will show signs of oral disease by the time they're three years old. Dogs and cats still have a lot of playing, pouncing, snuggling, and putting questionable things in their mouths ahead of them at three years old, so dental care is a great way to make sure they're feeling their best while they do it. 
Lovely gray tabby cat holding a pink toothbrush
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When your pet eats, tiny bits of food get stuck in between and on the surface of their teeth. Pets aren't great about brushing their own teeth, so if those bits aren't brushed away by their human friends, they continue to build up into something called plaque, which eventually hardens and turns into tartar.
As tartar continues to build up, the connection between the gums and teeth deteriorates and the gums pull away from the teeth, creating small grimy pockets where bacteria thrive, ultimately leading to dental disease. 

Graphic illustrating the progression of dental disease.
What happens if dental disease isn't treated?
When bacteria from the contaminated pockets is absorbed into the bloodstream, infections can occur in the heart, lungs, brain, and/or kidneys, sometimes causing fatal damage. On a less drastic but still very unpleasant and serious scale: untreated dental disease can also cause intense pain and discomfort and lead to a whole host of nasty complications like periodontal disease, rotten or abscessed teeth, and sinus and jaw infections.

If your ears perked up at the mention of teeth brushing because you brush your pet's teeth regularly, kudos! Seriously, you're a pet-person-rockstar of the highest order and we think you're awesome! But.... your pet still may need a dental cleaning. Just as we humans need to visit the dentist regularly for evaluation and cleaning in addition to dental home care, so do our pet friends.
Beige Standard Poodle with toothbrush in mouth pictured next to list of possible dental disease symptoms.

 playing and eating doesn't mean a pet's mouth is disease-free. Some animals, especially dogs, will eat no matter what! (Who can't respect that level of commitment to tasty treats, right?). It's also good to keep in mind that animals are so skilled at hiding signs of illness and going about their business despite discomfort or illness, you may see no signs of dental disease at all.

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Dental disease is serious, but this message isn't all gloom and doom. 
We can work together to keep your pet smiling and feeling great! At home, you can: 
  • Brush your pet's teeth. Click here to learn more and ask us to show you how at your next visit! (If brushing isn't feasible, ask us for other ideas!).
  • Check your pet regularly for any of the signs mentioned above.
  • Schedule yearly dental examinations with us.
Because preventing dental disease is so important to your pet's overall health, we're asking our terrific clients to consider bringing their pets in to see us for dental evaluation and treatment. 

Call us today at (203) 869-0534 to schedule an appointment. Whether your pet friend needs a comprehensive dental treatment or a quick dental check-up, we'll get their entire body on track - from clean, fresh mouths to happy tails!

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