Your pet, like you, need regular dental checkups.
Dental problems can occur in both dogs and cats. During your pet's yearly visit, your veterinarian should examine his or her teeth. In the medical records, any gum disease or tooth tartar will be documented. Tartar build-up and tooth loss can be avoided with annual teeth cleanings.
Bad breath, or halitosis, is generally the first symptom of deteriorating oral health. Oral issues in your pet are the same as they are in people. Gums that are red and inflamed, as well as gums that bleed readily, are all indicators of periodontal disease. Infection and inflammation of the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth is known as periodontal disease. If you find blood on your pet's toys or treats, it might be a sign that something is wrong.
Tartar on the teeth is clearly visible. On your pet's teeth, it may appear as yellow, green, gray, or brown muck. It begins to build up on the tooth's surface closest to the gum line and makes its way down the tooth. It's as hard as teeth and won't come off with a brush. When assessing the amount of dental tartar on your pet's teeth, pay special attention to the upper molars and premolars, since these are the teeth that generally accumulate tartar earliest and worst.
Many people believe that if tartar is present, they can just start cleaning the pet's teeth and it would gradually come off. This is incorrect; if tartar is visible, it must be scaled away. To minimize the risk of periodontal disease, tartar beneath the gum line must be eliminated.
Teeth that are discolored might indicate an issue. Teeth that are dark yellow, purple, or blue in hue may not have a healthy root system. Pets are quite adept at disguising any eating or chewing issues they may have.