Pet Dental Disease
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3. Indications of oral disease include bad breath, a change in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face or mouth, or depression. If your pet is older than 1 year, or if any of these signs are present, please schedule your pet for a dental exam at Temple Heights Animal Hospital.
Just as in humans, bacteria, saliva, and food accumulate on your pet's teeth, leading to the formation of plaque. If plaque is not removed with frequent brushing, gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) can develop. Plaque can lead to a buildup of tartar. Without proper dental care, plaque and tartar buildup can lead to serious periodontal disease. If left untreated, periodontitis can result in tooth loss. Your pet may not exhibit outward signs of pain. However, if your pet is experiencing later stages of dental disease, your pet is feeling discomfort and pain.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include yellow/brown tartar buildup along the gum line, red inflamed gums, and persistent bad breath. The infection caused by periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream, and potentially affect the heart, liver and kidneys.
- Schedule a dental exam and, if needed, a professional dental cleaning.
- Establish an at-home dental care regimen that includes regular brushing and a proper diet.
- Schedule regular follow-up checkups for your pet with the Veterinarian.