Dental health is one of the most important parts of your pet’s long-term well-being. An animal with healthy teeth has a healthier heart, healthier kidneys, healthier bones, healthier skin, and a healthier coat.
Common Signs of Dental Disease
Dental diseases are among the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats. Do you recognize the signs?
- bad breath
- swollen, red, or bleeding gums
- loose or lost teeth
- tartar buildup or discolored teeth
- changes in eating or chewing habits
- dropping food
- pawing at the face
- moves away when you touch the mouth area
- depressed mood, lethargy
Though pets with dental disease may exhibit these symptoms, it’s important to remember that pets with painful dental conditions do not always display obvious clinical signs. Also, many dental conditions develop gradually. That’s why routine checkups and at-home oral hygiene are so important. Our doctors examine your pet’s mouth during every wellness appointment and they can recommend an at-home dental care regimen for your pet.