Celebrating National Pet Dental Health Month


February is not just about hearts and flowers; it’s also National Pet Dental Health Month – the perfect time to show your furry friends some love with a dazzling smile! At Jones Vet Clinic, we’re committed to ensuring your pets have pearly whites and healthy gums. In this blog, we’ll dive into the importance of pet dental care, covering routine check-ups, daily care tips, signs of dental issues, and more.

Why Dental Health Matters:

Just like us, pets can suffer from dental problems that, if left unattended, may lead to severe health issues. Dental diseases can affect not only the teeth but also vital organs such as the heart and kidneys. Regular dental care is essential for preventing plaque buildup, tartar, and gum disease, ensuring your pet’s overall well-being.

How Often Should Pets Have Dental Exams?

Routine dental check-ups are a cornerstone of preventive care. At Jones Vet Clinic, we recommend annual dental exams for most pets. However, some may require more frequent check-ups based on their breed, age, and existing dental health. Your veterinarian will assess your pet’s unique needs and suggest an appropriate schedule.

Daily Care Tips for Pet Dental Health:

  • Brushing: Yes, pets can benefit from tooth brushing too! Use a pet-friendly toothbrush and toothpaste to gently brush your pet’s teeth. Start slow, allowing your pet to get used to the process, and gradually increase the duration. Aim for brushing several times a week.
  • Dental Chews and Toys: Invest in dental chews or toys designed to promote oral health. These items can help reduce plaque and tartar while providing entertainment for your pet.
  • Dietary Considerations: Some pet foods are formulated to support dental health. Look for options with ingredients that help control tartar. Your veterinarian can recommend suitable dietary choices for your pet.

Signs of Dental Issues:

Regularly checking your pet’s oral health at home is crucial. Watch out for signs that may indicate dental problems, including:

  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling
  • Difficulty eating or reluctance to chew
  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen or discolored teeth
  • Pawing at the mouth

If you notice any of these signs, it’s essential to schedule a dental exam promptly.

What Happens During a Pet Dental Exam?

During a dental exam at Jones Vet Clinic, our experienced veterinarians will:

  • Perform a thorough oral inspection
  • Assess the teeth, gums, and oral cavity for any abnormalities
  • Scale and polish the teeth to remove plaque and tartar
  • Address any dental issues or concerns

The Importance of Professional Dental Cleanings:

While daily care is crucial, professional dental cleanings are equally essential. These cleanings are performed under anesthesia, allowing for a comprehensive examination, cleaning below the gumline, and addressing any dental issues that may be present. Professional cleanings help maintain optimal oral health for your pet.


This National Pet Dental Health Month, make a commitment to prioritize your pet’s oral health. Regular dental check-ups, coupled with a consistent at-home care routine, can keep your furry friend’s smile radiant and ensure their overall well-being. At Jones Vet Clinic, we’re here to support you on this journey, providing expert dental care tailored to your pet’s unique needs. Schedule a dental exam today and let’s unleash the smile together!

Golden Retriever getting his teeth brushed. Pet owner is pulling his mouth back to expose his teeth as they lean in with a toothbrush.