Signs of pet dental disease or pain are:
◾Redness or bleeding along the gum line
◾Drooling, which may be tinged with blood
◾Pawing at the mouth
◾Loose or missing teeth
◾Facial swelling, especially under the eyes
What causes pet periodontal disease? Pet periodontal disease starts when bacteria form plaque on the teeth. Within days, minerals in the saliva bond with plaque to form tartar, a hard substance that adheres to the teeth. The bacteria work their way under the gums and cause gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gums. These bacteria can then travel in the bloodstream to infect the heart, kidneys and liver.
Don’t turn your nose to Fido’s or Fluffy’s bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet’s teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.
To address the significance of oral health care for pets, the AVMA and several veterinary groups are sponsoring National Pet Dental Health Month in February.
Starting in February we will be sharing information about how you can identify pet dental health problems and how you can proactively minimize the risk of them occurring. Stay tuned!
February is National Pet Dental Month
Pet Dental Month is a prime time to schedule preventive annual cleaning for pets. About 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society. It’s a fact, regular dental care, including professional cleaning, keeps the mouth pain-free, promotes good overall health and prolongs life!