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Should I care about my pet’s teeth?

The short answer is YES!

Dental health is a key component of your pet’s overall health, and dental issues can many times be directly related to other illnesses.  It is a good idea to have your pet’s teeth and gums checked at least once a year by your veterinarian.

Most dental disease occurs below the gum line where you can’t see it. Even if your pet’s teeth look healthy there may be damage occurring!

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is the most common dental condition found in dogs and cats. Even if your pet is only a few years old, they may already be displaying evidence of developing periodontal disease. Regular checkups are important because the earlier you can identify periodontal disease and treat it, the better. Left unchecked, advanced periodontal disease can cause severe problems and pain for your pet. Periodontal disease doesn’t just impact your pet’s mouth; other health problems associated with periodontal disease include kidney, liver and heart muscle changes.

Have your pet’s teeth checked sooner if you observe any of the following problems:

  • discolored teeth or excessive tartar buildup
  • bad breath
  • Inability to chew or swallow properly
  • excessive drooling
  • loss of appetite
  • inability to chew or keep food in mouth
  • unusual swelling around the mouth
  • exhibits pain inside or around the area of the mouth
  • bleeding
  • loose or broken, chipped teeth.
  • presence of baby teeth after adult teeth have come in
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