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       Periodontal Disease                              care of the tooth is never perfect and periodically tartar must
                                                        be properly removed and the tooth surface properly polished
          Eighty-five percent                           and disinfected. The professional cleaning performed at the   Martin County Property
       of pets have periodontal                         veterinarian’s office is similar to what a person receives at
       disease by 3 years of age.                       their dentist’s office. Large tartar is removed with specific   Appraiser
       It is the leading health                         instruments, then the periodontal sockets are probed and
       problem found in our pets                        measured to assess periodontal disease. The roots are planed,   Why Are My Taxes Higher Than My
       and can pose serious short- and long- term health concerns,   meaning tartar is scraped from below the gumline until the   Neighbor’s? We Have The Exact Same House
       beyond just bad breath, oral pain, and a generalized decreased   roots are smooth again. Then the enamel is polished to remove
       quality of life.                                 any unevenness left by tartar removal. Finally, the mouth is   By Jenny Fields
          In a normal mouth, the teeth are clean, pearly white and   disinfected and possibly treated with a fluoride sealer or plaque      The “Save Our Homes”
       the gums attach smoothly to the tooth. There is no redness   repellent. After the cleaning, professional notes are taken on a   (SOH) amendment prevents
       or tartar and your breath smells great! The tooth is bathed in   dental chart, noting abnormalities on each of a dog’s 42 teeth   homestead property owners
       saliva, bacteria, and food particles but if this is brushed away,   or a cat’s 30 teeth.            from being taxed out of
       it never mineralizes into tartar. However, if we do not regularly      Once the oral health exam has been performed, at-home   their homes during a period
       disinfect our mouths and brush away the plaque, the plaque   care becomes important to maintain a healthy mouth. Daily   when home sale prices
       will mineralize into tartar. Tartar is solid and gritty and covers   brushing is recommended, but studies have shown that even   are  rapidly  increasing.
       the crown of the tooth. This creates inflammation and blocks   twice weekly brushing is enough to significantly reduce the   This is accomplished by
       oxygen from bathing the outer tooth, which changes the nature   amount of plaque buildup in your pet’s mouth. In addition   limiting the amount your
       of the bacteria in the mouth. This new bacteria eats away at the   to brushing, there are dental wipes, rinses, and pads, as well   assessed value can increase.
       attachment of the tooth and surrounding bone. The result is   as preventative gels, dental treats and diets that aid in oral   Accumulation  of  “non-
       periodontal disease. Even worse, this new type of bacteria can   health. The Veterinary Oral Health Council (the VOHC) is an   taxed” assessed values can cause this
       seed to other areas of the body leading to infection in the heart,   organization that evaluates dental products and their website   disparity. Your neighbor has enjoyed
       liver, kidney or virtually anywhere the bloodstream carries it.   is a good resource to help guide you on available options.  the benefit of an increasing “capped”
       The body is constantly fighting spread of the infection.     Too often our pet’s dental health is overlooked and attributed   differential  over  time,  whereas,  you
          Fortunately, there is a lot we can do to prevent periodontal   to a normal amount of “stinky pet” breath and nothing more.   just purchased your home. Once you
       disease and the rules are ones we are all familiar with, whether   Unfortunately this can not only affect their oral health, but it   file for your homestead exemption,
       referring to us or our pets: professional cleaning and at-home   can also have serious systemic health consequences. If you have   your assessed value will be subject to
       care. You can generally expect once your pets reach 3 to 4 years   any questions or concerns or want to discuss this further, your   this same cap.
       old, they will need a professional teeth cleaning every 12 months.   veterinarian can answer your questions and help assist you in
       General anesthesia will be necessary for each tooth to receive   keeping your pet healthy for many years to come.
       proper attention and care. Additionally, home care is ideally a      Established in 1981, Palm City Animal Medical Center is
       daily part of tooth maintenance but even brushing just twice a   dedicated to providing the best possible care for your pets. With
       week can remove most plaque before it can mineralize into tartar.   focuses on compassionate care in surgery, physical therapy and
       Clearly not every pet is amenable to hands-on oral care though,   rehabilitation, preventative medicine, extensive diagnostics,
       nor is every person’s schedule amenable to it, so for those cases,   and emergency service, Palm City Animal Medical Center
       there are some lower maintenance options as well.  combines exceptional medical care with a caring philosophy
          It should not be surprising that dental health requires   for pets and their owners. For more information, call (772)
       regular professional cleanings regardless of whether the   283-0920, visit or find
       mouth in question belongs to a person, a dog, or a cat. Home   us on Facebook at

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