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Pet Dental Care
Often overlooked as it relates to a pet’s comprehensive health status, animal dental care is needed to provide quality of life and optimal well-being.
The beginning and severity of periodontal disease depend on age, breed, diet, and at-home care, with younger, small-breed dogs typically presenting with infection earlier than large-breed dogs. Abnormal signs and symptoms of dental abnormalities include:
- bad breath
- excessive drooling
- fractured or loose teeth
- swelling or bleeding of the gums
- tumors, sores, or wounds
While it is understandable that pet owners may be concerned about bad breath and unsightly tartar accumulation, regular dental care is more than cosmetic. Tartar and plaque, often invaded by bacteria, need to be removed to counteract subsequent infection, gingivitis, or pyorrhea (infection of tissues surrounding the teeth), with 60% of diseases occurring below the gumline.