Preventing Pet Dental Disease Through Routine Dental Care


Veterinary dental disease affects approximately 80% of dogs and 70% of cats by the age of three. Left untreated, dental disorders can lead to gum inflammation, tooth infections, tooth loss, and periodontal disease, which can spread to other organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys.

Daily brushing and regular checkups are the best ways to avoid dental problems and keep your pet’s mouth healthy. At Pleasant Plains Animal Hospital, every pet wellness exam includes a thorough inspection of your companion animal’s teeth and gums to check for any problems that may need attention.

If you have questions about the proper way to brush your dog or cat’s teeth, ask one of our helpful veterinary staff to share their secrets for success. They would be happy to observe and provide critique as you demonstrate how you brush your pet’s teeth.

What are the signs of periodontal disease?

  • Bad breath
  • Redness or bleeding along the gum line
  • Drooling, which may be tinged with blood
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Facial swelling, especially under the eyes
  • Nasal discharge
  • Gum recession

*Pleasant Plains Animal Hospital now offers Dental Radiology to help evaluate and treat veterinary dental disease!