According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. 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 habits
- Pawing at the face
- Loose teeth
Here at Beach Avenue Animal Hospital, we highly recommend keeping a close eye on your pets dental health, even if your pet doesn’t have these symptoms. A dental check up is recommended once a year. This frequent check up means we can help keep your pets breath as fresh as possible, and potentially prevent expensive oral surgery.
We also offer a regular ‘scale and polish’. This does require sedating your pet, as unfortunately, they are not good when it comes to sitting still in the dentist chair. The scale and polish will remove all tartar build up on the teeth, and help prevent tooth decay. Prevention is always better than cure!
Schedule your pet’s dental exam today! We can also recommend foods and treats that will help combat plaque and tartar buildup.