Dental disease is one of the most common diseases among both dogs and cats. By the age of three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats suffer from periodontal disease, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society.
Common signs of dental disease include:
• Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
• Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
• Bad breath
• Excessive drooling
• Changes in eating or chewing habits
• Pawing at the face
• Loose teeth
Even if your dog or cat does not show any of these symptoms, we recommend that you have a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s dental health annually. Brushing your dog or cats teeth daily and providing dental chews, treats and chew toys can help to eliminate bacteria and any food debris from accumulating around the teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth, which can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and other serious health problems.
Dental disease can also affect other major organs in the body, including infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs and heart if the bacteria from the mouth get into the bloodstream. If these problems aren’t diagnosed and treated quickly enough, they can result in death. A physical exam combined with laboratory work can help determine if an infection in the mouth has spread.
Schedule your pet’s dental exam today! We can also show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and recommend dental foods and treats that will help fight plaque and tartar buildup.