I’m often asked about signs of poor dental health in pets. Of course, regular check-ups are the best way to assess dental health, but there are a few things pet owners can look out for between visits.
The most obvious sign is bad breath. Just like humans, when our pets have food and bacteria stuck between their teeth, there can be an unpleasant odor coming from their mouths. Other common signs of poor dental health include yellowing or browning of the teeth, bleeding or swollen gums and difficulty eating due to tooth pain. If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet it is important to take them in for a full check-up as soon as possible – allowing untreated dental problems to persist can lead to further complications such as infection and organ damage.
Poor dental health in pets is a common problem that can manifest itself with a variety of physical symptoms. If left untreated, it could lead to serious health issues and pain for your pet. To keep your furry friend healthy and happy, here are some signs you should look out for:
- Bad breath – if your pet’s breath has an unpleasant odor, it could be a sign of poor oral hygiene.
- Discoloration on teeth – when plaque builds up on the teeth, it may cause yellowing or blackening of the teeth which can be an indication of advanced decay.
- Loose teeth – If you notice any loose or missing teeth in your pet’s mouth, then this could be a sign of gum disease caused by plaque build-up between the gums and teeth.