Happy Dental Health Month! Fun Fact February!

February and March, we are celebrating Dental Health Month. Here are a few fun facts about your pet’s mouth!

  • Dogs and cats have a full set of baby teeth that are replaced with adult teeth. You might see baby teeth laying around starting at the age of 4-5 months.
  • Dogs have 42 permanent adult teeth; cats have 30.
  • Dental disease is the most common clinical condition among adult dogs and cats.
  • 1 in 3 pet owners thinks that bad breath is normal in pets.
  • Infection in your pet’s mouth can spread in the bloodstream and damage other organs including the heart, liver, and kidneys.
  • Providing your pet with good dental hygiene can add 2-4 years to its life! Brush daily!
  • Small breed dogs are more likely to have dental disease. Their teeth are too big for the size of their mouths.
  • Bad breath is the most common sign of periodontal disease. Have it checked and cleaned!
  • Most pets will not stop eating even when they’re suffering from severe periodontal disease. Pets don’t tell us when their teeth hurt.
  • Sneezing, nasal discharge and/or facial swelling can be signs of a tooth infection.
  • Unlike going to the dentist, proper dental cleaning in pets requires general anesthesia.
  • Up to 2/3 of a tooth is under the gum line. Therefore, to fully evaluate the teeth, we recommend under anesthetic dental x-rays.
  • Approximately 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will have some form of dental disease by age three.
  • Never use human toothpaste on your pet. Our toothpaste can be toxic.

Signs of dental disease in pets:

  • Bad breath
  • Red gums/bleeding from the mouth
  • Discoloured teeth with brown tartar along the gum line
  • Receding gum line
  • Pawing at the mouth and excessive drooling
  • Difficulty chewing kibble

Book your free dental exam today by calling us at the Moncton Animal Hospital, 506-857-4271.

Written by: Monica Blanchard, RVT