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Why Good Oral Health Matters to Pets

The teeth and gums are the windows to your
pet’s well-being. When your dog or cat goes
without an annual oral checkup and cleaning,
several things can happen to affect their health.
First, your pet may experience discomfort when
eating because tarter and plaque buildup on the
teeth irritates the gums and causes
inflammation. What happens when the crusty
tarter and plaque aren’t cleaned away? The
bacteria that causes plaque can invade your
pet’s vulnerable gums, leading to infection in
the gums and bone. But it doesn’t stop there.
The bacteria that causes oral disease can spread
throughout the body through the bloodstream.
Clinical signs of oral disease can be found in
the liver, kidneys and even the brain.
Essentially, oral disease leads to more serious
Fortunately, oral disease can be prevented.
With annual exams and dental cleanings, we
can help keep your pet’s oral health in good
shape. In turn, good oral health will help your
pet enjoy many more happy, healthy years with

What lurks behind your
pet’s smile? Here are
some signs to look for
that indicate oral disease.
• Redness along
the gums
• Tarter on the teeth
• Pus (in severe cases)
• Difficulty eating
• Eats on one
side of the mouth
• Pawing at the mouth
• Blood tinged saliva
• Reduced grooming
(in cats)