Bad breath isn’t just unpleasant – it can be unhealthy. Up to 80% of dogs and 70% of cats that do not receive proper dental may show signs of dental disease by the age of 3.
What is dental disease?
Dental disease is a result of bacterial infection of the structures that support the teeth. While this is going on, your pet is fighting a constant battle with bacteria in the mouth. Plaque builds up on your pet’s teeth. Bacteria in the plaque leads to gum inflammation. The inflamed gums allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, bacteria travel throughout the body where they can negatively impact vital organs like the heart, liver and kidneys.
10 Warning Signs of Dental Disease in Pets include
- Bad breath
- Plaque or tartar buildup (yellow or brown crust on teeth)
- Red, bleeding, and/or swollen gums
- Fractured and/or loose teeth
- Excessive drooling
- Pawing at face
- Difficulty chewing/trouble eating
- Loss of appetite
- Mouth is sensitive to touch
- Lost interest in chew toys and/or treats
If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, your pet may be suffering from dental disease and its time for a dental exam.
A thorough dental cleaning includes removal of plaque and tartar and allows an examination of all teeth and surrounding tissue. We use general anesthesia to keep your pet free of discomfort.
Regular teeth brushing is the best home care. Dental diets such as Hills T/D (tooth diet) or Royal Canin dental diet can be great alternatives if you are unable to brush. Ask us about home dental options that fit your lifestyle.
Good dental care can help your pet live up to 20% longer! Talk to one of our team members about dental care today. Please call 204-269-8162
Written by Centennial Animal Hospital