Pet DentistryHalitosis or bad breath is one of the most common results of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a number one cause of infectious disease in pets. It affects all the supporting structures of the teeth. Bacteria and salivary proteins stick to the surface of the tooth and form a biofilm that is the beginning of tartar build up on the teeth. Bacteria can now have easy access to the blood stream and then in turn to vital organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys.

Pets often do not show signs. They continue to eat and drink well even with painful gums or teeth. Most of timeĀ  periodontal disease is a slow process. This may be why many pets just deal with the eventual discomfort. Some pets give the appearance that they are just getting old. However, we are constantly amazed how well our patients act once they are back home after they have had the source of pain treated in their mouth.