If you never brushed your teeth, your mouth may look something like the picture on the right. Imagine the smell as well as the discomfort!
Sadly 80% of dogs over three years of age are affected by dental disease. Plaque builds up on your pets’ teeth after each meal, and with time this becomes tartar. The tartar irritates the gum line causing inflammation known as gingivitis. When this is severe the gum recedes back exposing the structures that help to hold the tooth in place. With time not only do the affected teeth become loose, but they can become infected, with bacteria spreading to vitals organs such as the heart and the kidneys.
Usually, the first (and only) sign of dental disease is smelly breath. So if you turn away when your pet tries to lick your face perhaps it’s time to visit one of our nurses. They can advise you on how healthy your pet’s teeth and gums are, and inform you about all the homecare options; brushing, special ‘teeth cleaning’ diets, dental chews, dental toys and supplements to add to their food or water.