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Features January 2015 Issue

When to Start Worrying About Your Dog’s Oral Hygiene

Hint: Now.

“You cannot start worrying about your pet’s dental health too soon,” says William Rosenblad, DVM, a member of our editorial advisory board as well as the head of the Dentistry Department at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. “By the time you or your veterinarian see calculus/tartar buildup, there may already be serious periodontal disease occurring. I have seen calculus start to build up in dogs as young as six months, gum recession by eight months, and even a jaw fracture due to bone damage caused by periodontal disease in a 14-month-old dog.”

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