Dental health care is vitally important to your dog’s health, according to the AVMA. Dental issues can cause, or be caused by, other health issues. As with your own teeth, a dog’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once every six months by a veterinarian or qualified professional.
If you notice any of the following issues with your dog, you might want to have his or her mouth checked sooner:
- Bad Breath / Broken, Loose or Discolored Teeth
- Abnormal Chewing / Drooling or Dropping Food from the Mouth
- Reduced Appetite / Refusal to Eat
- Swelling, Bleeding or Pain in the Mouth
Here are the top five reasons why healthy teeth are vital to your dog’s health: