Glenway Animal Hospital

6272 Glenway Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45211


February is Dental Health Month!

Did you know that by the age of 3, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will develop oral disease!  Just like in humans, bacteria, saliva and food particles accumulate and cause plaque and tartar build up on your pets teeth.  Over time the tatar accumulation and bacteria can lead to periodontal disease, which is indicated by bad breath, change in eating or chewing, and pawing at the face or mouth.  Periodontal disease causes inflammed, swollen and red gums, bad breath, pain, receeding gums and bleeding.  Periodontal disease often causes inflammation and infection,which can lead to the damage of other organs such as the kidney, liver and heart.



Dental health - Glenway Animal Hospital - Cincinnati,Ohio


Dental Health - Glenway Animal Hospital - Cincinnati,Ohio


The good news is that periodontal disease is preventable if pet owners follow the three easy steps recommended by the American Veterinary Dental Society:

STEP 1: Take your pet to the veterinarian for a dental exam. Don't wait for the annual checkup if you suspect a problem.

STEP 2: Begin a dental care regimen at home. Your veterinarian can suggest steps that may include brushing your pet's teeth. One of the most convenient and effective ways to combat oral disease is feeding specially formulated foods proven effective in combating plaque and tartar buildup. The Seal of Acceptance from the Veterinary Oral Health Council, an organization initiated by the American Veterinary Dental Society to guide consumers, appears on products that meet defined standards for plaque and tartar control in dogs and cats. For further information on the VOHC or their product standards, visit

STEP 3: Schedule regular veterinary checkups. These are essential in helping your veterinarian monitor the progress of your pet's dental health routine. Your veterinary health care team can help you schedule the appropriate visits.