Dental disease can result in bad breath, painful chewing and tooth loss. Bacteria under the gum can travel to the heart, kidneys and liver. A professional dental cleaning is required to remove plaque and tartar from a pet's teeth and to assess the health of the mouth.
Regular inspection of your pet's mouth is important to catch dental disease in the early stages. Tartar may appear as a brownish-gold buildup on the teeth, close to gumline. Redness or bleeding along the gumline may indicate gingivitis. Other signs of dental disease include:
- Bad breath;
- Pawing at the mouth;
- Difficulty chewing;
- Loss or missing teeth.
If you notice any of these signs in your pet, schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.