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Are you thinking about your pet’s teeth?

Published on December 18th, 2014

Dental care is a component of good health for humans, and it is the same for our pets too! That is why we at Portage Park Animal Hospital have included a dental clinic in our services.

When did you look in your pet’s mouth last?

If you have had a painful experience with your teeth or gums, then you know that seeking dental care is the solution. It’s important as pet owners to periodically check inside a pet’s mouth and seek dental care if necessary for your pet. Pet owners should routinely clean their pet’s teeth and use this as an opportunity to look in the mouth. Be on the lookout for bad breath and signs of decay. Regular tooth brushing is a habit that all pet owners should get into early in their pet’s life for optimal oral health.

Good oral health equals good overall health:

Pets that have poor oral health often suffer from other health problems. It has long been suspected that bacteria were the link between periodontal disease and infections in the animal’s heart, kidney, liver, etc. Continued research has confirmed this, the experts have also found a link between periodontal disease and diabetes and heart disease. By ensuring that you take your pet to animal dental clinics you can aid in the prevention and control of other serious diseases.

Periodontal disease is a common problem with pets:

Doggie breath can be a giveaway of periodontal disease.  It is a fact that 70 to 80 percent of pets have the disease by the time they reach three years of age. This problem can lead to pain, swelling and distress. Even if you make a mouth inspection and teeth cleaning part of your pet’s maintenance routine, professional cleanings are also recommended to get rid of tartar buildup, polish teeth, take x-rays, and to extract teeth if necessary.

We offer both traditional periodontal procedures and anesthesia-free dental cleanings. Call today to schedule a complimentary dental consultation (773) 725-0260.

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