Pets have the similar problems with plaque, tartar, gingivitis and periodontal disease as humans, but unlike us they do not have regular dental check ups. Poor dental hygiene can lead to bad breath, infection, pain and the loss of teeth. Dental disease is more common in older pets but can occur in younger animals too.
If you are not sure whether your pet has dental problems please see the following list of common signs:
- Bad breath
- Sore mouth
- Difficulty eating
- Loose teeth or tooth loss
- Pawing or rubbing at the mouth
- Bleeding gums
- Yellow or brown tartar on the teeth
If you would like further advice on what to do if you suspect your pet may be suffering from dental trouble please contact us at the surgery.