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Posted on 02-01-2016

~~Dental Pain – Surely I Will Know if My Pet’s Mouth Hurts….
The sad truth is that most pets don’t show any signs of dental pain: they still eat, chew on toys, wag their tail and beg for treats. Bummer, huh? We groan and complain the minute we have an issue with a tooth but our furry companions do not follow suit.
We have numerous examples of perfectly “healthy” pets that have come in for a “routine” cleaning where dental disease was found and treated. The upside to this is that all of those pets acted even HAPPIER after their tooth problem was remedied!!
You may have several burning questions about dental health for your pet. Let us help you out:
1) My pet just has a little tartar, that’s not painful, right?
Tartar accumulation is the first step in periodontal disease formation. If tartar is found EARLY and removed thoroughly, you should be able to save your pet from a painful mouth.
2) Bad breath is normal for my pet, isn’t it?
A fast change in breath odor can be a signal of dental disease. Sometimes, bad breath is the ONLY sign of dental disease in our pets.
3) You can tell me exactly what’s wrong with my pet’s mouth just by taking a quick peek in there, right?       Wouldn’t that be great  Unfortunately, about 2/3 of the tooth structure is
above the gumline – where we can’t see it just by taking a look in the mouth. That’s what makes dental radiographs so important. Dental radiographs will show us what’s going on in the parts of the tooth that we can’t see just by looking. It is VERY common to have a mouth look normal during an exam and find significant evidence of dental disease on radiographs. This is a great thing, though – radiographs allow us to diagnose and treat a problem that is causing your pet discomfort!
4) Dental radiographs (X-rays) aren’t really necessary, right?
See #3 – dental radiographs give us the most complete picture of what’s going on in the mouth.
5) So what can I do for my pet’s dental health?
a. Bring your pet in to see us if you notice any of the following:
i. Bad breath
ii. Gum irritation/redness
iii. Tartar
iv. Fractured tooth
v. You notice a decrease in chewing food/treats well
b. Daily brushing is the best defense against dental disease. Get those toothbrushes and pet toothpaste out and get to work!

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