Dental disease is caused by the accumulation of a film of bacteria over the surface of the tooth. This bacteria is called Plaque. As plaque continues to build up on the tooth, it forms hard layers that turn into tartar and calculus.
Once the tooth is covered in tartar and calculus, the bacteria can spread under the gum line and cause a condition called gingivitis. Gingivitis in animals causes red, swollen gums that can bleed. This causes the animal pain, and they become uncomfortable. Left untreated, this condition can lead to severe dental disease where the animal’s mouth becomes so full of bacteria, that they develop pus in the mouth and around the teeth, and tooth abscesses. If you pet is suffering from dental problems they may show signs of:
- Bad breath
- Yellow / Brown looking teeth
- Going to the food bowl but not eating
- Bleeding gums
- Lethargy and depression
Unfortunately, once tartar and calculus have formed on your pets teeth the only way to remove it is for them to have a professional dental examination and cleaning treatment under general anaesthetic.
As pets can hide their pain very well, you as the owner may be completely unaware of what is going on inside your beloved pet’s mouth.
That is why we recommend regular dental checks, an effective homecare routine and used in conjunction with professional treatment to keep your pets ‘pearly white’s’ in tip top condition throughout their life.
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