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Lakeside Animal Hospital
Why is Dental Care Important?
Dental problems are easily prevented, but if they are left untreated, they can often lead to larger systemic problems due to oral bacteria entering the bloodstream and damaging internal organs including the kidneys, heart and liver. Pets have dental disease just like you do. Many of these problems can be avoided by bringing your pet in for regular checkups and teeth cleanings.
You should schedule an appointment for your pet to get their teeth professionally cleaned at least once a year.
Signs of Dental Problems
Bad breath--one of the first signs of dental disease
A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
Red and swollen gums
Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
Loose or missing teeth
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