It's February... which means it is...
National Pet Dental Health Month!
Symptoms of Oral Disease
Does your cat... 🐱
Have bad breath?
Dislike having his chin scratched?
Act quiet or withdrawn?
Does your dog... 🐶
Have green teeth?
Feel reluctant to chew bones or crunchy food?
Cry when her ears or face are touched?
Look thinner or show other chronic signs of disease?
These are some of the signs of dental disease that can involve teeth, teeth roots, gingiva (gums) and the jaw. Periodontal disease is a serious painful infection in animals that can lead to infections and chronic systemic disease.
Consequences of dental disease
Poor oral hygiene can lead to large quantities of bacteria residing within the mouth and the oral tissues, which enter the bloodstream, affecting organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys. Studies have shown that severity of periodontal disease has a strong correlation to risk and severity of cardiac disease in dogs and cats.
What can I do?
A thorough ultrasonic scaling above and below the gum-line can detect early forms of oral disease before they're an issue. Dental cleanings are recommended annually for preventing disease. Extraction of any dead/decayed teeth will greatly alleviate pain and inhibit the spread of further disease.
You may even notice an increase in energy in your pet once pain or inflammation is alleviated. Call us to schedule an evaluation of your pet's mouth to see if we can help.