Clean teeth and healthy gums are essential to your pet's health. Dental disease is very common in cats and dogs and can cause significant discomfort (as you will know if you have every experienced a toothache!) However, it can go unnoticed for a long period of time because dogs and cats very rarely show obvious signs (like drooling, pawing at the mouth, or stopping eating) of dental pain.
Whenever your pet comes to see the vet or nurse they will check their teeth and gums; we recommend all pets receive a thorough dental examination at least every 6 months. We are happy to advise you on preventative dental care at home, to stop problems before they begin.
Some Signs of Dental Problems include:
Bad breath - one of the first signs of dental disease
A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
Red and swollen gums
Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
Decreased appetite or difficulty eating (only in advanced cases)
Loose or missing teeth
Dental problems, if left untreated, can often lead to larger systemic problems in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart and liver.
At the Welling Practice we have a dedicated Dental Suite for all your animals' needs, including the facility to take dental x-rays, to detect problems below the gumline. Just give one of our practices a ring if you need any more information, and one of our friendly Oval staff would love to help you.