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Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM

February is Dental Health Month

By February 3, 2014

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Brushing the Dog's Teeth  Dreamstime.comEach year, February is designated as Dental Health month for pets. Both campaigns promote awareness not only about how good dental health promotes overall health, but also how to properly care for your pet's teeth.

Good dental health for life
February isn't the only time to think about good oral health, though. Keeping your pet's teeth and gums in good shape has many more benefits than simply fresh breath - although that is very important, too.

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Now is the time to schedule that checkup for your pet, get the teeth examined, and professionally cleaned if necessary. Many veterinary offices offer specials on dental cleanings during February.

Brushing your pet's teeth only takes a few minutes a day, it is a great time to bond with your pets (mine love the toothpaste), and is a healthy habit to get into. Don't forget horses - they need dental care too.

One important note: Use an enzymatic toothpaste made for pets. Do not use human toothpaste; it may be harmful if swallowed, and pets don't rinse their mouths.

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