Pet Dental Care
You are a responsible pet owner. You take good care of your pet. But do you always remember to take care of your pet’s teeth?
Pets have dental diseases and problems just like you do. Many of these problems can be avoided by bringing your pet to your veterinarian for regular dental check-ups and dental cleanings.
Signs of Dental Problems
-Bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
-A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
-Red and swollen gums
-Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
-Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
-Loose or missing teeth
Does Your Pet Have Reddened Gums or Bad Breath?
If so, it could be from gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when soft plaque hardens into rough, irritating tartar. Tartar build-up on your pet’s teeth can cause damage to the teeth and gums.
If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to an infection called periodontal disease. This disease can cause the loss of teeth.
You can prevent serious dental problems from happening by making sure your pet receives dental exams at the time of each vaccination, again at six months of age, and then annually