Pet Dental Exams and Care

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease by the age of 3.

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Pet Dental Exams and Care

It is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. Common signs of oral disease include tartar buildup, red and swollen gums, bad breath, and changes in eating or chewing habits.

A veterinarian should evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. Bacteria, tartar and food debris accumulates around a pet’s teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. Untreated, this accumulation results in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss.

For proper care during a dental examination, your veterinarian will place your pet under general anesthesia before conducting a mouth examination to check for abnormalities, such as tooth scaling to remove tartar and polishing to decrease plaque buildup.