Foul Breath, Tartar filled teeth, Mobile teeth
Could that Mean Something More?
Yes it can! Foul breath, tartar on the teeth, and mobile teeth can all be signs of dental health issues for your pet. Other symptoms can include; swollen or bleeding gum tissue, excessive drooling, trouble/refusing to eat harder foods, pawing at the muzzle/mouth, difficulty opening/closing mouth, changes in attitude.
Did you know, 80% of cats and dogs over he age of 3 are affected by dental disease? Could your pet be one of the 80% affected?
Grading your Pet's Dental Disease
What happens with severe stages of dental disease?
The pictures above is a dog with grade 4 dental tartar and x-rays taken. X-rays showed receded gum tissue and bone attachment loss. Extraction was deemed necessary. A week after the dental procedure the owner had stated the dog's energy increased and no more oral pain.
Below are various dental x-rays showing severe dental disease. The x-rays show receded gum tissue and bone attachment. Externally some we may see tooth roots, large periodontal pockets, and infection. All of the below x-rays are example of teeth that extraction was deemed necessary and was preformed to better the life of the animal.
Making the Best Imprint on your Pet's Dental Health
The best way to prevent tartar and plaque build-up on your pet's teeth is to brush their teeth. Brushing their teeth daily, every few days, or weekly can greatly prevent plaque and tartar building up on their teeth.
Dental chews are also a great way to prevent dental disease. The key with dental chews is your pet needs to chew on them for 5 to 10 minutes to have the greatest effect.
Dental cleanings every year or every couple years can prevent extensive tartar and plaque buildup and prevent major dental care in the future.
Dental health is an important part of your pet's life. Keeping up on your pet's dental health can help prevent damaging dental problems and promote a better life for your furry family member.