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Many dogs and cats go their whole lives without ever receiving any form of dental care. Unfortunately, this means many pets also suffer painful symptoms, systemic health problems, and even succumb to premature deaths as a result of developing serious dental diseases over the course of their lives.
Thankfully, many oral health problems in pets can be prevented with a combination of at-home and professional dental care at the veterinary clinic.

5 Signs Your Pet Needs Dental Care

1. Persistently Bad Breath
Dental disease (gum disease or periodontal disease) is a bacterial infection of the gums that develops as a result of poor oral hygiene that allows plaque and tartar to accumulate along the gum line. This bacteria is not only harmful to your pet’s health, but it also smells really bad, making your pet’s breath noticeably foul.
2. Excessive Drooling
Oral health problems such as periodontal disease, tooth decay, broken teeth, and abscesses trigger the salivary glands, causing pets to drool more than usual.
3. Discolored Teeth and Red, Swollen, or Bleeding Gums
Tooth discoloration such as yellow or brown-looking teeth is an indication that gingivitis or more serious periodontal disease could be present. This discoloration is caused by tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth. This buildup can push the gums away from the surface of the teeth, creating space where bacteria can thrive.
This results in a bacterial infection of the gums that can also cause your pet’s gums to swell up, become more red than usual, and bleed easily.
4. Broken, Loose, or Missing Teeth
Problems like broken, loose, or missing teeth can indicate issues with tooth decay or severe periodontal disease that has led to the degeneration of the ligaments that hold your pet’s teeth in place. These symptoms should be addressed as soon as possible by your veterinarian to prevent further complications.
5. Oral Pain
Sometimes it can be difficult to tell when your pet is experiencing pain. Oral pain, however, can be detected by observing your pet’s behaviors. If you notice that your pet frequently drops their toys or kibble or if their appetite seems to have decreased, then they might be experiencing pain or sensitivity in their teeth or gums. Vocalization while eating such as whimpering, hissing, or yelping can also indicate pain.

Comprehensive Pet Dentistry in Houston

To learn more about dental care for your cat or dog or to schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic in Houston today.