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Your Trusted Guide To Veterinary Dentistry 

Your pet’s breath may not ever smell like roses. However, it’s important to note that foul breath may be more than just an unpleasant pet trait. Bad breath may be a symptom of a more complex oral or systemic health condition. To mitigate more severe health concerns, let’s take advantage of National Pet Health Awareness Month and use the month of February as a time to hone your pet dental care knowledge.

Understanding Veterinary Dentistry

Your pet’s veterinarian will perform an oral assessment when your pet goes in for their annual or bi-annual check-up. They may also perform cleanings and dental X-rays. However, if an oral abnormality is detected, your pet may be referred to a veterinary dentist for further diagnostic testing and treatment. A veterinary dentist is a board-certified veterinary dentistry professional who specializes in oral medicine and surgery. 

Concerning Oral Health Symptoms in Pets

The key to optimizing your pet’s oral health lies in knowing how to identify concerning oral health symptoms. Pet’s cannot verbally express discomfort and dental pain. As such, it’s crucial to periodically observe your pet’s teeth and gums to make sure everything is as it should be. It’s important to contact your veterinarian if, when checking your pet’s teeth and gums, you observe one or several of the following:

  • Bad breath that will not go away
  • Visibly damaged or loose teeth
  • Excess tartar on the teeth and gums
  • Inability to chew properly
  • Difficulties holding food in the mouth
  • Bleeding or swelling of the mouth
  • Noticeable mouth pain
  • Decreased appetite or unwillingness to eat

Causes of Dental Problems In Pets

When it comes to pet dental care, cavities are not as common as they are in humans. In contrast, issues including periodontal disease, misalignment, and damaged teeth or tooth roots are equally as prominent in animals as they are in their owners. Other causes of dental problems in pets may include tumors, cysts, infections, abscesses, broken or fractured jawbones, and palate abnormalities. These dental issues must be handled proactively, as when left to worsen, they can lead to severe health risks. Oral health conditions in pets have the ability to cause systemic illnesses, including various types of cancer, kidney disease, liver failure, and heart muscle problems.

Make the most of National Pet Dental Health Awareness Month this February by prioritizing your pet’s oral healthcare needs. Contact your veterinarian today to learn more.



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