Signs of Dental Decay
Dental problems, if left untreated, can often lead to larger systemic problems in your pet. This is because oral bacteria can travel from the mouth into the blood stream and damage the kidneys, heart and liver. Infections are more common in the mouth because they can go undetected for long periods of time.
- Bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
- A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
- Red and swollen gums
- Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
- Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
- Loose or missing teeth
Clean teeth and healthy gums are essential to your pet’s health! That’s why our veterinary staff regularly performs oral exams, cleanings and periodontal care as part of our comprehensive health care goals.