Murrayville Animal Hospital | Dental Care
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Dental Care

Understanding Your Pets Oral Health and Dental Care

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Dental Disease – What is it?

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• Periodontal diseases (infection between teeth and gums)
• Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums)
• Halitosis (bad breath)
• Gingival hyperplasia (gum growth covering part or all of the tooth)
• Oral tumors
• Tongue lesions

Causes of Dental Disease

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• Daily plaque accumulation
• Tartar (calculus) forms from plaque
• Rough tartar accumulates more plaque
• Bacteria growth between the teeth or from infected gums
• Inherited
• Failure of deciduous (baby) teeth to resorb, allowing adult tooth eruption

Clients most common complaints and the patient’s history

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• Bad breath
• Poor appetite
• Dropping food when eating

How can you avoid Dental Disease in your pet’s oral health?

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• Twice daily attention to plaque control
• Regular dental examinations
• Professional cleaning of plaque/calculus that has accumulated on the cheek teeth