Despite what many pet owners may believe, "dog breath" is not just a nuisance; it's a sign of an unhealthy mouth. Bad breath is caused by bacteria. Over time, bacteria leads to plaque and tartar buildup on your pet's teeth. The result is bad breath, reddened gums, and other common signs of dental disease. As dental disease progresses, other signs can include drooling, discomfort while chewing, and loose or missing teeth. Even if you're using treats and chews to help control tartar, those are not enough to keep dental disease under control. Ask us about the best ways to control plaque and help protect your pet from dental disease.
Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet's health, because dental disease can be associated with other serious health problems such as heart disease and kidney disease. With 26 years of experience, we will examine your pet's teeth and gums to determine if there are any lingering dental issues. After a brief visual examination, we may recommend a more detailed examination (which may require sedation), a dental cleaning, or options for at-home dental care.
If your pet's teeth and gums are fine, we will offer expert advice to help you keep them that way! Dental health shouldn't be taken for granted. Fortunately, many dental problems can be managed through at-home care and by bringing your pet to us for regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings.
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