Las Vegas Veterinarian Promotes Regular Pet Dental Care to Prevent Periodontal Disease

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 21, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Las Vegas veterinarian Dr. David Drake is educating pet owners about the importance of regular pet dental care. According to St. Francis Animal Hospital's veterinarian, Dr. Drake, and Licensed Veterinary Technician Carolann, many pet owners do not realize the dangers of oral health problems in pets. Neglecting dental care can lead to periodontal disease, bacterial infections and tooth loss. Dr. Drake recommends an annual dental cleaning at a Las Vegas animal hospital to remove plaque buildup and check for potential oral health problems.

St. Francis Animal Hospital in Las Vegas, NV is working to keep pets healthy with regular pet dental care. Veterinarian Dr. David Drake says annual dental cleaning at a Las Vegas animal hospital is just as important as a pet wellness care exam.

"An annual dental cleaning is an important opportunity for our veterinary care team to prevent the beginning stages of periodontal disease," said Dr. Drake. "Just like with humans, plaque can build up along a pet's gum line. Regular cleanings for dogs and cats help prevent oral problems before they start."

Periodontal disease is the most common pet dental problem affecting cats and dogs. The American Veterinary Dental Society estimates that by the age of three, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show symptoms of periodontal disease. Symptoms of periodontal problems include: inflamed, swollen or bleeding gums, bad breath, receding gum lines, loose teeth, and missing teeth.

"Plaque deposits push the gums away from the teeth, creating pockets that are susceptible to bacterial infections," said Dr. Drake. "If the infection enters the pet's bloodstream, internal organs, such as the kidneys, liver and heart, can suffer serious damage. This is why an annual dental cleaning is just as important as a wellness check-up."

During a dental cleaning, Dr. Drake or the animal hospital's Licensed Veterinary Technician Carolann will scale the teeth with ultrasound. The veterinarian will also polish a pet's teeth, creating a smooth surface that is resistant to plaque deposits.

In order to reduce the risk for periodontal disease and tooth loss, Dr. Drake recommends that pet owners schedule annual dental cleanings for their pets. Brushing a pet's teeth regularly at home can also help, he advises. A diet of dry foods is best for reducing plaque buildup; soft or sticky foods are more likely to accumulate along the gum line and lead to oral health problems.

"Regular dental cleanings are the best line of defense against bacterial infections and lost teeth," said Dr. Drake. "At-home brushing, chew toys, and diet also make a difference for pet wellness care."

Dr. Drake has more than 43 years of veterinary care experience. In addition to pet dentistry, St. Francis Animal Hospital provides pet wellness care, surgery, radiology, ultrasound and other pet care services. Pet owners may learn more and schedule an appointment by visiting

CONTACT: St. Francis Animal Hospital 888-667-5235Source:St. Francis Animal Hospital