Your pet's life depends on it. A healthy mouth is the door
to a healthy body. Bad breath and brown, deformed teeth are the most
disturbing oral disease signs. They are, however, the tip of the
iceberg. What you see and smell is the expression of much bigger
problems at the microscopic level. A bad mouth is loaded with
numerous harmful bacteria that cause progressive damage to the
teeth, gums and the rest of the mouth. These bacteria invade the
tissues and spread to the rest of the body in the circulating blood.
Over time, vital organs such as heart, lungs, liver and kidneys
become infected which results in damage and functional impairment.
All dogs are not created equal. Some will have better teeth than
others. When brushing alone fails to keep the teeth clean,
ultrasonic dental scaling and polishing is needed. Your veterinarian
will tell you if and how often your pet needs such care. These
procedures require light anesthesia. A pre-anesthetic blood test is
also recommended. As the years go by, your pet ages and will need
more care. Teeth will become loose and root infections, cavities and
fractures will develop. These problems are painful and may cause
pets to go off their food and become sick. Diseased and injured
teeth need to be extracted or restoration procedures must be
Keep up with your pet's regular wellness and oral/dental exams so
that you can ensure them the best possible care.
Address dental problems before they become complicated, painful and
costly. Pets over six years of age need at least two visits a year
and a periodic blood test.
Remember, when looking in your pet's mouth, what is there is much
more than what you see.