Dental Health 

It can be difficult to keep your pet's teeth clean, so dental problems are very common. Research shows that at around the age of two, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have some signs of dental disease. Problems usually start with a build up of sticky plaque that hardens to form tartar. If not removed, this can lead to gingivitis, a painful condition of inflamed gums, and even peridontal disease may develop. Pets could then lose teeth and can be prone to infections that may affect other organs in the body.

If your pet has dental problems, the first thing you will notice is usually bad breath. Common signs include:-

  • Sore mouth
  • Difficulty eating
  • Loose teeth or tooth loss
  • Pawing or rubbing the mouth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Yellow or brown tartar on the teeth
  • Dribbling

There are some factors that can contribute to dental problems:-

Age - dental disease is more common in older pets
Breed - Small dogs are more likely to have overcrowded or misaligned teeth, so are more prone to dental disease as their teeth are harder to keep clean
Food - Feeding a diet containing sticky foods and titbits can lead to a more rapid build up of plaque.

Even if your pet isn't showing signs of dental problems, it's worth asking us at Heene Road Vets for a dental check-up and advice on how to clean your pet's teeth to prevent problems in the future.

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