, Newburyport, MA


February 8, 2013

Paw Prints: Tooth tips that will make Fido smile


Pets don’t talk, and they don’t write messages to tell us something is wrong. Pets also don’t know that they can go to the dentist to have their painful mouth addressed. However, their instinct to eat is strong, and they know instinctively that they will die if they do not eat.

A pet will not stop eating from a painful mouth unless the pain is so severe that he would rather not live.

10. Our grandparents never worried about their pets’ teeth, so why are we concerned now?

One hundred years ago, 50 percent of adults were toothless. Today, only 10 percent are.

With modern medicine comes advancements in healthy lifestyles and preventive care. Dentistry is a rapidly evolving area of medical care because it affects overall health and well-being from heart disease to quality of life. Our pets are no different.

Fido and Fluffy would love to show you their sparkling smile on Valentine’s Day. And with smooches sure to be delivered, fresh breath is a bonus, too.


Dr. Heidi Bassler practices at Bassler Veterinary Hospital ( She hosts a radio show, “Your Pet’s Health,” every Sunday morning at 8:30 on AM-1450 WNBP. Do you have questions for Dr. Bassler? Send them to

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