As we are approaching dental health month here at Heritage Veterinary Hospital, I would like to take the opportunity to talk about the importance of dental care and prophylaxis (disease prevention). Just like humans, our furry counterparts require preventative care in between their yearly dental cleanings. Yearly dental cleanings not only make kisses more pleasant, but protect your pets from internal organ damage from bacteria in the mouth and help to decrease the risk of tooth loss. Although brushing your pets’ teeth is the best preventative care you can provide against dental disease, it is a common misconception that this is the only preventative there is available. There are many products for those who live busy lives, such as dental chews, oral rinses, and water additives. My dogs (Lizzy and Dominico), for example, love the Oravet dental chews. It is a reward for both them and myself knowing they are receiving dental care and a treat all in one! And as I always say, something is better than nothing! So remember after a yearly dental cleaning, prevention is the best method for promoting a happy and healthy life.