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How to Recognize Common Dental Problems in Pets

Studies show that oral health has a direct connection to general health, which is why The Academy of Veterinary Dentistry encourages pet parents to pay more attention to their pets’ oral health. Understanding common dental issues in pets and knowing how to spot symptoms can help ensure your pet receives the right dental treatment quickly.


Common Dental Problems


  • Retained baby teeth: Usually baby teeth will often fall out on their own, but in some cases, they may stay in place alongside adult teeth, which can cause overcrowding and plaque buildup. We’ll usually suggest removing these teeth while your pet is under anesthesia for their spay or neuter.

  • Gum disease:  Plaque build-up on your pet’s teeth hardens into tartar, which can lead to oral infections. Without treatment, your pet may develop loose teeth that could fall out or cause abscesses.

  • Dental fractures: Cracks in their teeth may occur when your pet chews on hard items or items too big for their mouths. Dental fractures can be painful and may require extraction.


How to Recognize the Symptoms of Dental Issues

Your pets cannot always tell you if they are uncomfortable or in pain, but studies show you can monitor physical changes or behavioral cues to understand how your pet is feeling. When it comes to oral health problems, watch for the following symptoms:


  • Bad breath: Foul odor tends to result from the collection of bacteria in your pet’s mouth, which can be a sign of gum or tooth infection. “Doggy breath” isn’t necessarily normal. Bring your pet to us right away if you notice a change in your pet’s breath as dental infections can lead to kidney or heart infections if ignored.

  • Changes in eating habits: Animal behaviorists say pets can still eat even if they are experiencing dental pain; your pet might need to be in severe pain before you notice a change in their eating habits. Bring your pet in for an exam ASAP if you notice any changes.

  • Drooling or bleeding gums: You may find blood on chew toys or excessive drool in the area where your pet eats, which can be signs of an infection. Keep a close eye on your pet and bring them in for an exam if you think they might have a dental issue.

  • Discolored teeth: Bring your pet in for an exam if you notice a change in the appearance of your pet’s teeth or gums, as these could be signs of pain and infection in your pet’s teeth or gums.

Prevention is always best, but understanding and recognizing common dental issues in your furry friends can resolve your pets’ pain quickly and can prevent tooth loss or more serious illnesses.. At Animal Care Center of Aurora, we provide high-quality dental products and treatments. Visit to schedule a dental consultation. Or call 303-693-6640 to ask about our veterinary dental care packages.

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