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Brushing Up on Pet Dental Health

Did you know that on average adult dogs have 42 teeth and adult cats have 30 teeth? Cats and dogs can develop gingivitis, bad breath, tooth decay, and tooth root abscesses without proper dental care.

Regular brushing can help keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy, and maintain fresh breath. Professional dental cleanings are recommended to clean, scale and polish the teeth and determine the extent of any dental disease. Dental radiographs, or x-rays, are an important diagnostic tool used by your veterinarian to evaluate areas of the tooth below the gumline for any pocketing around the root of the tooth, bone loss or infection.  

Home dental care is just as important for our pets as it is for us humans. For helpful tips on how to get started, watch this short video with Dr. Sheldon Rubin of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

To test your knowledge on pet dental health, take this quiz!

Please let us know if we can answer any questions about your pet's home dental care, or if you would like to schedule an exam for our veterinarian to evaluate your four legged friend's oral health.

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