For many dog and cat owners one of the most common complaints is bad breath in their pets. Bad breath is usually an indication of some form of dental or gum disease.
Stages of Dental Disease
The stages of dental disease vary from minor issues, such as gingivitis, to serious periodontal disease. Gingivitis is a condition that only affects the gums, leaving them red and swollen. Periodontitis is the inflammatory response that involves the supporting bone and tooth.
Dental disease is the most common medical disorder among pets, affecting more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats by age three. If left untreated it will lead to oral pain, tooth loss and can also develop into serious health problems such as heart disease and kidney failure.
Common signs of dental disease among pets include:
Inflamed or bleeding gums
Drooling, abnormal chewing or dropping food
Pawing or rubbing at the face or mouth
Refusal to eat
Dental disease can be prevented, treated and even reversed if caught early. You can protect your pet against dental disease by remembering the following:
Brush your pet’s teeth regularly to help reduce plaque. Be sure to use toothpaste that is formulated specifically for pets, as human toothpaste contains ingredients that are harmful to pets.
Maintain those annual wellness examinations that include a thorough inspection of your pet’s teeth and gums.
Follow up with recommended dental cleanings, which are effective in reducing the risk of dental disease.
You can also provide your pet with chew treats treated with enzymes that help reduce the formation of tartar and calculus. The chews do not take the place of brushing but is a great supplement and a treat for your pet.
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Dental care is important for your pet’s overall health. We’d be happy to take a look at your pet’s teeth to determine whether a dental cleaning is necessary. You can schedule a dental exam for your pet by calling us on 2661022611 at clinic hours or requesting an appointment here.