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Dental Health Month Newsletter from Windsor Veterinary Clinic and The Downing Center for Animal Pain Management.
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Oral and Dental Health


Enjoy this collection of articles in recognition of Dental Health Month

February is Dental Health Month.  We've collected multiple articles to help bring some awareness to our pets' oral health and deliver some tools to help you keep your pets healthy and hopefully avoid costly procedures.


Woah! My pet needs a mint!
Most often, bad breath, also known as halitosis, is caused by dental or gum disease.  Your pet's breath isn’t supposed to smell minty fresh, but if there’s an extremely strong, fetid odor, there could be an underlying medical problem.  Bad breath can also indicate larger medical problems in the mouth, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, or other organs. 


Bad Breath in Dogs        Bad Breath in Cats


Periodontal Disease
This great video explains what periodontal disease is and how we can prevent our pets from getting it.

What is a Periodontal Therapy?
Tooth brushing, dental foods and treats, and other home care preventatives will slow progression of your pet's dental disease, but at some point, just like you and I, we need some professional help.  This article helps explain what is involved in a professional cleaning (Hint: It's very similar to when we go to the dentist, with a couple important extra steps).

Anesthesia-Free Dentistry
Many of you may have heard of people advertising a complete dental cleaning for your pet with out anesthesia.  Regretfully this can be very harmful to your pet, and notoriously misses significant dental pathology.  Remember, a majority of dental disease happens under the gums, where we can't see it.  This is where a proper assessment and radiographs (x-rays) come in.  Here are a couple links exploring this topic.


Preventing Pet's Periodontal Problems
There are a lot of easy things a pet owner can do to help keep your pets mouth healthy - from tooth brushing (easier than you think!), diets, chews, rinses, routine exams, etc.  Your veterinarian can help specialize a plan that fits you and your pets attitude and lifestyle.  Here are some more detailed articles and videos on how you can help.


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