Oral Health Issues

Some of the most common pet health problems arise from lack of good oral hygiene. It is almost impossible to keep your pet's teeth cleaned without help. Oral health problems are extremely widespread in pets. We see many advanced cases of pet dental disease at our San Diego clinics. Research shows that by the age of two, 70 percent of cats and 80 percent of dogs have some sign of dental disease. Problems start with a sticky plaque buildup, which hardens into tartar. If left unresolved. Dental disease will lead to gingivitis, a painful condition caused by inflamed gums. Eventually, periodontal disease could develop. Pets may lose teeth and are prone to infections can affect all other organs in the body. For animal dental care is in the utmost importance to keeping your animal healthy.


Keeping your pet’s teeth and gums healthy is actually fairly straightforward. First, ask your veterinarian about a professional prophylaxis that cleans the teeth. Next, you can feed your pet a larger kibble that’s specially made for dental care. This food wipes the teeth clean as your pet chews. You can also start brushing your pet’s teeth at home. Ask your vet to teach you how to do this properly. Be sure to only use products that are formulated and approved by your vet.

Factors Contributing to Animal Dental Health Problems

  • Age: Dental disease is more common in older animals and smaller animals
  • Breed: Small dogs are prone to overcrowded and misaligned teeth, making them harder to clean.
  • Food: Sticky foods can lead to a more rapid buildup of plaque.


If your pet has dental health issues, you’ll likely notice a few of the first most common signs, you will probably see is bad breath. Other indicators include:
  • Dribbling saliva
  • Sore mouth
  • Difficulty eating
  • Yellow or brown tartar on teeth
  • Bad smell from mouth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Pawing or rubbing the mouth
  • Loose teeth or tooth loss


Even if you’re unsure about whether your animal is showing these signs, ask your veterinarian for a dental checkup and advice on how to keep your pet’s mouth clean and healthy. Proactive care is the best way to avoid more serious health problems.


ABC Veterinary Hospitals are proud to provide animal dental care to pet owners in the Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Bay Park, Mission Beach, Clairemont Mesa, Ocean Beach and the surrounding areas at our Pacific Beach location, as well as Uptown, Hillcrest, University Heights, Normal Heights, North Park, Mission Hills, Altadena and the surrounding areas at our Uptown location.