Potential Dental Problems

Many people wonder why dogs and cats need to get their teeth cleaned and often think it is somewhat unnecessary. But just like humans, regular check-ups are important to prevent many different diseases and problems from occurring. Keep reading to find out more about these risks.

Did you know adult dogs have 42 teeth? In order for all of these adult teeth to be healthy, and grow in properly, all of the baby teeth need to be lost or removed. If they aren’t, these baby teeth can cause severe irritation, gum disease and tartar buildup.

Another issue that can arise if your pet doesn’t have their teeth cleaned regularly is bad breath, also known as halitosis. Bad breath is common to a certain extent, but if it becomes something that is too overwhelming to handle, it could be a sign that your dog or cat is developing dental disease. One of the problems that can come from bad breath is gingivitis, which is irritation, inflammation and bleeding of the gums. Often times, if caught early on, gingivitis can be reversed.


Yet another level of dental disease that comes from the previous two mentioned is periodontitis. This is what happens when gingivitis goes untreated, and just becomes worse and worse, causing even more gum irritation and tarter build up that spreads into the bones and delicate tissues.


If a dog’s mouth is not kept clean, tumors can also form. Something that you might think is a tumor (but often isn’t) is something called salivary mucocele, which is a large fluid filled sack inside the dog’s mouth or around its neck. It is caused by inflammation or damage to the salivary glands.

Your pets are often very good at hiding pain, so you may not even know that there is a problem until it is serious. Here at University Animal Hospital, we think your pet’s oral health is just as important as the rest of their health. Make an appointment on our website or call 480-968-9275 and bring your pet in for a teeth cleaning!

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