The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) estimates that more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop oral disease by the time they reach their third birthday. Left untreated, simple tartar and gingivitis can progress to pain and infection.

Think about your own dental care or your child’s dental care. The American Dental Association recommends visiting the dentist and dental hygienist once every six months along with brushing and flossing at least twice daily.

Now look at your cat and/or dog. Are you brushing their teeth at least once daily? If you are, that is excellent! Most owners are not. But we know from recent veterinary studies that poor oral health is a contributing factor to shortening pet’s life spans by 2-5 years. Studies also show that many of these pets can suffer quietly as their instinct is to hide problems and for some, may interfere with their consumption of food.

The best care for oral health is always preventative care—and we at Jefferson Animal Clinic have developed a preventative dental care program for our patients. The Commitment to Oral Health (CoTOH) program is meant to offer year-round dental care to benefit your cat and/or dog and also to offer financial savings of up to 40% for you! This is truly a commitment from you to bring your pet in for assessment and treatment every 6 months or annually. Our commitment is to make that as affordable as possible without compromising our high standards of care.

Call today to learn more about our CoTOH program!

Dr. Russ with Jefferson Animal Clinic also offers Root Canal Therapy.

Root canal therapy is most commonly performed on teeth that are discolored or broken and commonly on large, functional teeth in the mouth. Root Canal Therapy allows salvage of the functional teeth by removing the affected inner pulp. The canal is then cleaned and filled with dental material. Finally, a hard, protective layer is applied. Then the tooth can be used for playing and chewing again!

Visit Dr. Donald E Beebee DVM, DAVDC to learn more on Root Canal Therapy from a board certified veterinary dentist.

You can also visit the following websites for more information on periodontal disease and recommended oral care for your pet!