Should You Brush Your Pet’s Teeth?

Most pet owners expect
their dogs to have bad breath.  While
this is true, especially potent breath paired with other warning signs could
mean that your pet has tooth decay.  About 85% of pets have periodontal disease by the age of 3.  Here are a few warning signs to look out for
when inspecting your dog’s teeth.

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Periodontal Warning

  • Persistent Bad Breath
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Mouth Sensitivity
  • Receding Gums
  • Loose Teeth
  • Missing Teeth
  • Difficulty Chewing
  • Irritability

Fortunately, there are
ways to prevent periodontal disease from affecting your pet’s teeth.  If your pet is comfortable, you can massage
your dog’s gums and gently brush the teeth.  Rawhide, nylon and rubber chew toys can also massage the gums and keep
the teeth clean by scraping away soft tartar.

If your pet is showing
any of the signs of periodontal
, schedule a checkup at our office. 
At Bregman Vet Group, we can
determine if your pet is suffering from gingivitis or periodontitis.  Contact our office or visit our website for
more information.

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