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If you have a dog, you probably know what dog breath smells like- and that it's not very good.

Pinehurst vet in Bismarck is hoping to change that during National Pet Dental Health this month.

"Having tartar and gingivitis is a constant source of bacteria in their mouth and when they have gingivitis their gums are very inflamed and that actually releases bacteria into their blood stream as well so it can travel to other places in their body," Dr, Tonya Voigt said. "They can get those little pieces of bacteria caught on their heart valves and can cause heart murmurs which could lead to congestive heart failure."

But Dr. Tonya Voigt says a daily brushing could prevent that, giving your pet some pearly whites and saving you a pretty penny.

"Your more extreme dental problems can run you up to $300 to $500 if they are really bad so that's where keeping the teeth clean on a regular basis before they get to that stage is definitely a good idea," she said.

Many pet supply stores like PetSmart carry flavored toothpastes and toothbrushes, making the experience more of a treat than a chore.

"Some dogs don't like it but the majority of them don't mind it because of the flavor," Groomer Kayla Hillestad said. "Most of them will sit there and lick their mouths for a little bit and their teeth."

Pinehurst Vet is offering free dental exams and 10% off of dental procedures this month.

Dr. Tonya says it's also important to brush cats teeth, if they'll let you.

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