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Owners Reminded That Pets Need Dental Care, Too
Date:1/8/2008

d Dental Care, Too campaign and through it seeks to help educate pet owners and remind veterinary health care team members of the importance of routine pet dental check-ups and home care maintenance options such as frequent brushing, routinely checking a pet's teeth and gums, and feeding specialized daily nutrition like Hill's(R) Prescription Diet(R) t/d(R) Canine and Feline pet foods.

"Effective oral home care coupled with regular professional dental care provides the pet with an optimal combination for maintaining a healthy mouth," said Linda J. DeBowes, D.V.M., MS. "This combination not only decreases plaque accumulation, but also provides an opportunity to identify oral problems earlier than what might otherwise have been found."

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), it is estimated that more than 80 percent of dogs and cats over the age of four show signs of oral disease, often indicated by bad breath, a change in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face and mouth and depression. If inflammation of the gum is left untreated, the bone around the roots of teeth can begin to deteriorate, and as the bone tissue is destroyed, teeth may become loose or fall out. Eventually, the infection can cause receding gums and tooth loss and may enter the bloodstream, potentially affecting the heart, liver and kidneys.

"Every visit to the veterinarian should include dialogue regarding your pet's dental health," said Kara M. Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, veterinary technician specialist at Hill's. "Preventing and treating periodontal disease through home-care protocols tailored to each patient and client is important to the pet's overall health."

National Pet Dental Health Month's Pets Need Dental Care, Too campaign is made possible through a partnership between American Veterinary Medical Association, AVDS, Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, American Veterinary Dental College, Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians and Hill's Pet Nutr
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