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Dental Health
Dog Dental Health - Mouth
Dental Health in Dogs

Oral health is a large part of your pets overall health and wellbeing. Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats – by the time your pet is 3 years old, he or she will very likely have early evidence of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease will become worse as your pet ages if preventive measures are not taken. Early detection and treatment are critical, because advanced periodontal disease can cause severe problems and pain for your pet. Periodontal disease not only affects your pet’s mouth but can also have negative effects on your pet’s kidney, liver, and heart muscle.


Here at Mills Animal Hospital, we believe that frequent dental exams, home dental care and routine dental cleanings are key in the prevention of serious dental problems such as pain, infection, tooth decay and tooth loss. We should examine your pet’s mouth at least twice a year to detect early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.


If your pet experiences any of the following, please bring them in as soon as possible:

  • bad breath

  • extra teeth or retained baby teeth resulting in crowding

  • discolored teeth or covered in tartar

  • abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth

  • reduced appetite or refusal to eat

  • pain in or around the mouth

  • bleeding from the mouth

  • swelling around the mouth

  • broken or loose teeth

For more information about your pet’s dental health please schedule an appointment with us today!

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