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Rigby the dogHi, guys. It's Rigby.

I’m back and just in time for February which is National Pet Dental Health month!

Every year, I go see the doggy doctor for my regular checkup and, every year, they tell me how shiny and great my teeth look, until this year. My mom brushes my teeth for me every day. It’s actually my favorite nightly routine because it tastes soooo good - but I just turned five and I guess just brushing my teeth isn’t cutting it anymore.

My doctor says I need a dental cleaning and that February is the best time to do it because there are discounts, treats, and toothbrushes available to me. All of that sounds fun but I’m most excited about visiting the park with my furriends to show off my pearly whites and minty fresh mouth!

Periodontal disease is common in both dogs and cats. Bad breath can be one sign but the disease begins when bacteria in the mouth forms plaque around the teeth. Periodontal disease can cause gum recession, bone loss, loose teeth, bone infections, and even fractured jaws.

As patients age, poor dental health can also cause damage to internal organs. Bacteria from the mouth enters the bloodstream and is carried around the body which affects the heart, liver, or kidneys.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. If your pet hasn’t yet had a dental cleaning or recent checkup, be like Rigby’s mom and get your fur baby’s teeth checked out.