Many clients mention an odor they have noticed associated with their dog's or cat's mouth when talking to their veterinarian, and often they believe this is a normal problem that really doesn't have a solution. The odor the pet owner describes is the result of tartar, the yellow-brown material that collects over time around the base of an animal's teeth, active bacteria in the tartar, and rotting particles of food lodged around the pet's damaged gums and between teeth. If your pet suffers from the above they have dental disease.
Affecting pets over two years of age most often, this is a complex and destructive oral inflammation and infection that destroys gums, bone and teeth, and in the worst case, internal organs such as the liver and kidneys. Recent studies have shown regular dental care in pets can add anywhere from 3-4 years of quality time to the average pet's life.
Dental radiographs help us find disease under the gum line that would otherwise go unnoticed until it resulted in severe disease and pain. Just as in humans, dental radiograhs should be routine part of preventative dental care in dogs and cats.