Having a healthy mouth is a very important component of good overall health.
Signs of oral or dental disease include bad breath, drooling, inflamed gingiva, tartar build up and possibly reluctance to eat. At the annual check up the veterinarian will examine your pet’s mouth as closely as possible and may recommend a dental prophy (cleaning) under anaesthetic. When under anaesthesia the mouth can be more thoroughly examined and any problems addressed.
Dental extraction may be necessary if a tooth is compromised and the dental cleaning will not restore it to a healthy state. A root abscess or fractured tooth can be painful but our patients do not always let us know that their tooth is bothering them.
Brushing teeth, dental diets and appropriate chew items can also help maintain good oral health.