Q: Should I be concerned about my pet’s teeth as they get older?
A: Absolutely. This is an excellent question. Every year that goes by, there is an increase in plaque/calculus build up on the teeth and under the gum line. Daily brushing can help control build up but a yearly cleaning under anesthesia will greatly help to prevent tooth loss. Teeth can have other problems besides periodontal disease that can cause pain. Evaluation of the mouth and gums during the yearly examination will address that situation. In addition, bacteria in the diseased mouth can lead to other chronic conditions such as kidney dysfunction and heart valve problems to name just two. It is vital to have the mouth evaluated as pets age, especially if this has not been done in the past.