Your pet’s teeth should be checked at least once a year by your vet for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.
Signs of pets teeth problems
- bad breath
- broken or loose teeth
- extra teeth or retained baby teeth
- teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- pain in or around the mouth
- bleeding from the mouth
- swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth
Some pets become irritable when they have dental problems, and any changes in your pet’s behaviour should prompt a visit to your vet.
What can cause pet dental problems?
Although cavities are less common in pets than in people, they can have many of the same dental problems that people can develop:
- broken teeth and roots
- abscesses or infected teeth
- cysts or tumors in the mouth
- broken jaw
Will my pet require anesthesia for their dental treatment?
In most cases the vet may use anesthesia, as pets does not understand the benefit of dental procedures, and they may react by moving, trying to escape or even biting.
Anesthesia makes it possible to perform the dental procedures with less stress and pain for your pet. In addition anesthesia allows for a better cleaning because your pet is not moving around and risking injury from the dental equipment. If x-rays are needed, your pet needs to be very still in order to get good images, and this is unlikely without heavy sedation or anesthesia.
What can I do to help my pets dental health?
Prevention of the most common oral disease in pets consist of frequent removal of the dental plaque and tartar that forms on teeth that are not kept clean. Regularly brushing your pets teeth is the single most effective thing you can do to help keep their teeth healthy.
Speak to your vet and learn what are techniques that can be used to help your pets dental health to remain in top condition.