SIGNS OF DENTAL DISEASE:
Bad breath & Pain are the most common signs pointing towards some form of dental disease. Bad breath of course, will be much easier to discover, but pain however is a little harder to see in your pet due to the fact that they sometimes hide their pain very well.
Other signs include:
- Reluctance to play – Sometimes pets will gradually lose interest in chewing or playing with toys. However as this is often a gradual change we might think that they have simply lost interest in a particular toy.
- Reluctance to eat – It is only at the far extreme of dental disease that pets will stop eating – although you may notice earlier changes.
- Favouring one side of the mouth
- Dropping food from the mouth when eating
- Appearing to have difficulties in picking up food
- Being reluctant to chew on dry food.
- Pawing at the mouth – Sometimes oral pain can lead to a pet repeatedly scratching at their mouth – sometimes enough to make their face bleed.
- Pain on examination
Pets with dental Disease have the following:
- The gums become irritated, leading to bleeding and oral pain, and your cat or dog may lose its appetite or drop food from its mouth while eating.
- The roots may become so severely affected that some teeth become loose and fall out.
- Periodontal disease. There are 4 types: the gingiva (gum), cementum, periodontal ligament, and alveolar supporting bone
- Bacteria surrounding the roots gain access to the blood stream (“bacteremia”). Studies have shown that dogs with severe periodontal disease have more severe microscopic damage in their kidneys, heart muscle and liver than do dogs with less severe periodontal disease.
If your pets ever show any of the above signs or symptoms please contact your veterinarian as soon as you possibly can. Always consider the cost of prevention vs treatment. Check out our homepage for more information on treatment vs prevention costs.