What Are the Benefits  Of     A Dental Exam?

Dental health is as important to your pets health as it is for you. Regular cleaning can extend your pets life and quality or life. Tartar, plaque and gum disease are preventable and cause more than just bad breath.
Studies show that at least 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show some sign of gum disease by age 3. Bad breath is an early warning for gum disease and gingivitis.
Plaque is made up of mostly bacteria and leaches into the bloodstream causing serious damage to heart, liver and kidneys.

Dental Health Facts

Numerous factors play a role in the formation of plaque, tartar, and the development of periodontal disease. These include:
Age and general health status
Diet and chewing behavior
Breed, genetics, and tooth alignment
Grooming habits
Home care
Mouth environment 

   Studies show that by age three, 80 percent of dogs exhibit signs of gum disease.
   Sneezing and nasal discharge may be due to an infection of the upper canine tooth. Which can lead to an opening between the mouth and the nasal cavity. This is called an oronasal fistula.

   Small dog breeds are more likely to develop periodontal disease than large dogs because the teeth of small dogs are often too large for their mouths.
   A broken tooth is a common problem, especially among outdoor dogs.

   Make sure you use a pet toothpaste. Toothpastes designed for people can upset your dog's stomach.

   The best way to keep your pet’s teeth healthy is to brush!


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 Periodontal Disease

As periodontal disease progresses, you may observe the following signs:
Purulent exudate (pus) around the tooth
Persistent bad breath
Gums that bleed easily
Sensitivity around the mouth
Pawing at the mouth
Gums that are inflamed (red), hyperplastic, or receding
Loose or missing teeth
Loss of appetite
Stomach or intestinal upsets
Difficulty chewing or eating
Irritability or depression

Once a dental cleaning has been done, home care will be much more effective.