It is important for you to check your pet's mouth on a routine basis and we also check the mouth when you bring your pet in for an annual exam. If left unchecked, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and travel to the lungs, heart, kidneys, liver & even the brain, starting infections there and seriously compromising the health of your pet. Almost all dental disease can be prevented with proper management. We recommend brushing your pet's teeth as often as you can, daily is best or, if brushing is not possible, try using an oral rinse or chews.
Dental disease can be put into three categories: gingivitis, tartar and pyorrhea. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. You can easily see this by the increase in pinkness of your pet's gums, especially at the gum line. Tartar is the accumulation of plaque on the teeth, usually starting at the gum line in conjunction with gingivitis. Pyorrhea is the most serious of the three conditions. It is pus in the mouth, usually between teeth and gums. All three of these conditions require treatment which can range from antibiotics to a full dental cleaning. Animals who are in need of a dental procedure or cleaning will be put under general anesthesia to have it performed. So if you notice an odor coming from your pet's mouth, plaque build up or discoloration, please call us and schedule an appointment, a dental might be needed.
Remember that February is dental month. Check with us for the month's special for your pets oral health.