Bad breath, discoloured teeth, red gums, abnormal drooling or trouble chewing are not normal for pets – these are common signs of dental disease.
Dental disease in your dog or cat can affect more than just the teeth and mouth. If left untreated, bacteria may enter the bloodstream and infect organs such as the heart, liver, kidney or spleen. Gingivitis is a common consequence of dental disease, and can result in red, swollen and tender gums that may cause your animal discomfort when eating or playing.
Dental disease is unpleasant for the pet owner, and worse for the pet, with tooth pain and receding or bleeding gums affecting your pet’s behaviour and wellbeing. Grade 1 dental disease is reversible. Treatment including a dental scale and polish can return many pets’ mouths to good health.