Symptoms of Dental Problems in Your Pet:
- Persistent bad breath
- Sensitivity around the mouth/inability to close the mouth
- Pawing at the mouth
- Loss of appetite or reluctance to chew hard food or chew toys (for dogs)
- Bleeding, inflamed, or receded gums
- Plaque (often not visible unless stained)
- Tartar (yellow-brown, hard material)
- Facial swelling
- Drainage from one side of the nose or mouth
- Loose, broken, or missing teeth
- Baby teeth that have not fallen out by 5 months of age
- Tumours of the gums or jaw
Comprehensive dental treatments including an oral exam that checks for: gingivitis (both marginal and with swollen/bleeding gums), shallow pockets and gum recession, deep pockets and loose teeth, and abscessed or very mobile teeth.
In addition to pain relief, dental procedures for pets offer many other health benefits. Many kidney and heart valve infections in dogs and cats are related to bacteria originating in the mouth. Aggressive veterinary dentistry has greatly improved the length and quality of many pets’ lives. Regular dental visits are recommended for the treatment of calculus, abscessed teeth, and periodontal disease.