February is national pet dental health month. Not only does plaque and tartar build up cause bad breath in your pet, but it can lead to oral pain, decreased appetite, and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease affects your pet’s mouth and can also cause damage in the liver, kidney, and heart muscle.
Most dental disease occurs below the gum line, where it’s hard to see. This is why it is important for pets to have a thorough dental exam and cleaning done under anesthesia. Brentwood Veterinary Clinic also has a dental xray machine to help evaluate the jaw and tooth roots below the gum line. Call 615-373-4777 to schedule an exam and dental for your pet!
For more information go to www.AVMA.org/PetDental