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Does your best friend have bad breath? Contrary to popular belief, “dog breath” isn’t just a nuisance, it’s also a sign of an unhealthy mouth.
Bad breath is caused by bacteria. Over time, bacteria lead to plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth. This causes bad breath, reddened gums, and periodontal disease.
As dental disease progresses, other signs can include drooling, discomfort while chewing, and loose or missing teeth. Even if you’re using treats and chews to help control tartar, these are often not enough to keep dental disease in check. Bacteria in the mouth can travel to other vital organs such as heart, liver, lungs and kidneys leading to life threatening diseases.
If you are concerned about your pet’s health, our vets can examine their teeth and gums to determine if there are any dental issues.