Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet’s health. Dental disease can be associated with other serious health problems such as heart and kidney disease. Your pets’ bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth. Over time, bacteria lead to plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth and results in bad breath and red gums. Progression of dental disease can lead to drooling, discomfort while chewing, and loose or missing teeth.
We can examine your pet’s teeth and gums to help determine if there are any dental issues. If we have concerns after a brief visual examination, we may recommend a more detailed examination under sedation, a dental cleaning, or have options for at-home dental care. There are many treats and chews to help control tartar, however, these frequently are not enough to prevent dental disease. Ask our staff about the best ways to control plaque and help protect against dental disease.