Dental disease is the most common disease affecting pets: According to Banfield Pet Hospital’s State of Pet Health Report, more than 90 percent of dogs over the age of 3 suffer from dental disease.
Dental disease in pets can lead to life-threatening conditions if left untreated. When severe, it can lead to bacterial infections. We have also seen a correlation between dental disease and chronic diseases of the heart, kidneys and liver, and even organ failure. It is important to learn, recognize and regularly check for the signs of dental disease/poor oral health – not only during National Pet Dental Health Month (February), but all year long.
Symptoms of dental disease may be hard to notice, so it’s important for pet parents to become familiar with the signs to avoid major health problems.
Early Symptoms of Dental Disease Include:
- Bad breath
- Yellow, brown, loose or missing teeth
- Red or swollen gums
- Discoloration or tartar on the teeth
- Difficulty chewing or decreased appetite