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    Dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health!

    One of the best things a pet owner can do for their pets overall health is to do a routine check of their teeth, gums and oral cavity.

    See how much you know about your pet’s dental health:

    Dental Health Quiz!

    Signs that your pet needs to have their teeth checked/cleaned:

    • bad breath
    • broken – loose teeth
    • extra teeth – retained baby teeth
    • discolored teeth or teeth covered in tartar
    • abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
    • reduced appetite or refusal to eat
    • mouth pain
    • mouth bleeding
    • swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth

    Dental Problem Causes:

    • broken teeth and roots
    • periodontal disease
    • abscesses or infected teeth
    • cysts or tumors in the mouth
    • malocclusion, or misalignment of the teeth and bite
    • broken (fractured) jaw
    • palate defects (such as cleft palate)

    Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats. Early detection and treatment are critical. Advanced periodontal disease can cause severe problems that just doesn’t just affect your pet’s mouth. Kidney, liver, and heart muscle changes are found in association with periodontal disease.

    For more information about your pet’s dental health or to schedule a cleaning give us a call at 205-991-9580 or stop by and visit us!

     

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