Common Dental Problems in Pets
Today, dental disease is one of the most common diseases diagnosed by veterinarians. Dental disease can affect both dogs and cats at any age. Most pets have some degree of dental disease by the time they are three years old. Fortunately, proper oral care can prevent most forms of dental disease.
Tartar and calculi appears as tan or brown colored deposits on your pet’s teeth. When plaque and tartar are allowed to build up, it affects both the tooth and the tissue surrounding it. As the pet’s dental disease progresses, periodontal disease begins, affecting the tissues around the teeth. One of the first changes to occur is an inflammation of the gums known as gingivitis.
Unfortunately, most of the damage done by dental disease occurs below the gum line where pet parents are unable to see. Toothaches can occur in pets just as they do in humans. In fact, the pain can be so severe that the pet might stop eating and begin to lose weight. Besides causing pain, dental disease can cause serious systemic illnesses such as kidney disease and heart disease.
Retained baby teeth are often seen in small breed dogs. If the baby teeth do not fall out normally and are allowed to remain in a dog’s mouth, they can cause severe overcrowding, making it impossible for the permanent teeth to erupt properly.
A condition that frequently affects cats is stomatitis which is an inflammation of the pet’s oral mucous membranes. Stomatitis can affect wide portions of the mouth and can cause a pet a lot of pain.
Proper oral care begins with regular brushing of your pet’s teeth. Be sure to have your pet’s teeth brushed every time they receive professional grooming. Your groomer knows the proper kind of toothpaste and toothbrush to use.
One of the first signs of dental disease in pets is bad breath. If you notice bad breath or tarter buildup it’s time to see your veterinarian. They will be able to examine your pet’s mouth and determine what type of treatment is necessary.
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