Does your best friend have bad breath? Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body: Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart.
Dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.
Common signs of dental disease include:
- Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Pawing at the face
- Loose teeth
Many times, necessary extractions enhance the future health of your pets. When a bad tooth is removed, your pet will no longer be in pain, the chance for systemic infection is reduced, and surrounding teeth are stronger and healthier.