Good dental health is a vitally important part any pet’s overall health. The American Dental Society states that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have developed oral disease by the age of 3. Periodontal problems are the most frequently diagnosed health problems in pets because dental disease often goes unrecognized and it is a common source of pain suffered by pets.
Common signs of oral disease can include tartar buildup, red and swollen gums, bad breath, generalized depression, a change in eating habits and pawing at the face. Bacteria as well as food debris accumulates around teeth and under gums leading to the deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This can result in irreversible periodontal disease and tooth loss.
To avoid these problems and the possibility of tooth loss, we recommend regular oral exams and dental cleanings under general anesthesia for all adult dogs and cats. We also recommend scheduling annual dental examinations in order to properly evaluate your pet’s dental health.