Take the Bite Out of Periodontal Disease – Part Two: Recognizing the Signs

The most common symptom of poor dental hygiene is bad breath, however, it’s not the only clue that your pet may be suffering from periodontal disease.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, it is important to bring your pet in for an oral examination:

  • bad breath
  • excessive drooling
  • reluctance to eat
  • chewing with or favouring one side of the mouth
  • excessive pawing at or rubbing the muzzle
  • bleeding from the mouth
  • swelling of the gums or side of the face
  • chronic eye infections, draining tract under the eye
  • sudden change in behaviour
  • inability to open or close their mouth
  • chronic sneezing
  • discharge from the nose
  • a growth in the mouth

before and after clean teeth

Through an oral examination, your veterinarian can determine if your pet requires further treatment for periodontal disease – perhaps a change in diet or a dental cleaning is in order.  Remember: these dental problems can affect more than just your pet’s mouth – it can trigger life-threatening heart, liver and kidney disease! If you notice any of the symptoms outlined above, seek medical attention, do not ignore them!

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