Gum infections hurt! It can make it difficult to eat and they may not want to eat because it hurts.
Their breath can become so rank that you no longer enjoy their sweet kisses… or even able to enjoy being in the same room as them. Get their teeth clean and you will be able to put down the Febreze.
Retained baby teeth can cause problems in pets too! Did you know that full grown dogs have 42 teeth and full grown cats have 30 teeth? Before their adult teeth grow in, though, their baby teeth have to fall out. Sometimes, not all of the baby teeth want to come out. This can lead to problems like gum irritation and tartar buildup.
All dogs, Chihuahua to Great Dane, have 42 teeth in their mouth. Since small dogs obviously have smaller mouths they tend to have more dental issues then larger dogs. No one likes a bad breath shark mouth. They tend to have more crowding and tarter buildup, so they need more frequent dental cleanings and more home dental care.
Did you know that 4 out of 5 dogs over the age of 3 years have some sort of periodontal disease? It can be caused by the buildup of plaque, so it’s important to go in for regular dental checkups and cleanings.
Bad breath is often a first indicator of dental disease. Cats may exhibit increased drooling. Both cats and dogs can exhibit reluctance to eat or play with toys, “chattering” of the teeth when trying to eat, lethargy, bleeding gums, eroded teeth, and failing to groom (cats). Dental disease progresses in stages, if caught early; you can prevent further damage and save as many teeth as possible.
Infected gums and teeth aren’t just a problem in the mouth — the heart, kidneys, intestinal tract, and joints may also be infected. The tartar and any infected areas of the mouth contain a multitude of bacteria than can travel to other parts of the body.