Your vet will check your pet’s teeth at their annual health check, however it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for signs of dental problems in between visits. The signs to look out for include:
- Bad breath which can be a sign of periodontal disease
- Red, inflamed or bleeding gums
- Excessive drooling
- Loose teeth
- Build up of tartar (grey/brown substance on the teeth)
- Receding gum line
- Reluctancy to eat
- Behaviour changes such as being less playful or not grooming as much
- Pawing or rubbing their face.
What can dental disease in dogs lead to?
If untreated, periodontal disease can have severe health implications not only on the dog’s mouth but the entire body as well. Some of these health issues include eye issues, increased risk of organ damage, jaw fractures, oral cancer, oronasal fistulas, and tooth abscesses.