More than 85 percent of dogs and cats over 2 years old have some form of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can cause bad breath as well as lead to soreness and destruction of the gums, and loose or missing teeth. If left unchecked, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and travel to major organs, starting infections there and seriously compromising the health of your pet.
Look for these warning signs
- Bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease.
- A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line.
- Red and swollen gums.
- Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched.
- Decreased appetite or difficulty eating.
- Loose or missing teeth.
If your pet displays any of these signs, serious periodontal disease may be present. Pets over six will be required to have pre-anesthetic blood tests prior to sedation.
Courtesy of Pfizer Inc.
Seen here are before and after pictures of a five year old dog that had never previously had its teeth cleaned.
To make an appointment for a dental exam or cleaning, call us at (423) 282-4113.