Poor dental health can lead to a range of health complications for your dog or cat. For example, bad breath is often overlooked as a sign of a health issue. If the smell of your dog or cat’s breath makes you grimace or flinch with disgust, they could have an infection or dental disease. If you're interested in booking an oral health appointment, please contact 905-571-3700.
Why does my dog or cat’s teeth need to be professionally cleaned?
One of the most overlooked areas of dog or cat healthcare is dentistry. Like their owners, dogs and cats require routine dental care to maintain healthy mouths. As they age, plaque and tartar will develop. These deposits contain vast amount of bacteria that can lead to serious health problems and tooth loss. Regular at-home care can prevent this tartar from forming and will help to ensure their continued health.
How do I know if my dog or cat has dental disease?
Dental disease progresses over time, starting with the accumulation of plaque on your dog or cat’s teeth. Once plaque hardens, it creates tartar buildup that needs to be removed by our veterinary team. If this stays in your dog or cat’s mouth, either above or below their gumline, it can progress into the mildest form of gum inflammation, gingivitis. At this stage, we’re able to treat and reverse these dental issues before they worsen. If your dog or cat has periodontal or dental disease, this means their bacteria could penetrate their inflamed gums and get into their bloodstream, causing heart, liver, and kidney issues.
What are the signs of dental issues?
The good news is most dental issues are preventable with a combination of proper at-home care and our expert veterinary dentistry. Most dogs and cats should have their teeth brushed at home at least three times a week, in addition to professional cleanings at least once per year. However, if you notice any of the following signs of dental issues in between your dog or cat’s routine visits, please contact us:
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Excessive drooling
- Broken teeth
- Difficulty chewing