Maintain your dog’s smile

By Tracie Korol The good news is that dogs don’t get cavities. The bad news is that they get just about every other dental problem that plagues humans. As with people, dental disease is the leading cause of chronic inflammation and infection in dogs. Just like us, dogs develop plaque and tartar. Plaque is a colorless biofilm, mainly Streptococcus mutans, that builds up on a dog’s teeth over time. If the plaque isn’t removed from the surface of a dog’s teeth, it mineralizes into tartar. Tartar is caused by the continual accumulation of minerals from saliva on the plaque. It’s that orange/tan/brown crusty looking stuff that cakes at the top of the tooth. Eventually, tartar deposits will destroy the dog’s gum line. Once the gum line has been destroyed it’s a short hop to extreme dog dental care —extractions and/or root canal treatment. While some dogs will have sparkling white teeth throughout their lifetimes with absolutely no thought or effort required from their owners, more than 80% of our pets... ...

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What To Do

‘Returning Catholics’ Series begins Feb. 23 If you are a Baptized Catholic but have been away from the church for any reason, please consider attending our six week series at St. Peter Catholic Church, beginning on Feb. 23 and continuing through the remaining Thursdays of Lent. Each session begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at noon, and is led by lay persons and deacons of the parish. Meetings will be helped in the Adult Ed Room of the education wing. There is no pressure to make any commitment; the series is intended to offer a bridge for anyone thinking about returning to the practice of their faith. For more info or questions e-mail deborahm@catholic.org. Upcoming classes offered at ArtLofts Here are upcoming art classes offered at ArtLofts, located at 208-B Carteret St,: • Oil Painting Workshop with Mary Grayson Segars will be held Feb 27, 28, 29 from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Cost is $150. Call 812-9509 or go by ArtLofts to register. Creative classes held at Carolina Stamper Carolina... ...

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