Southern Cross Vets in Port Elizabeth
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Some of the signs of dental disease are as follows:

Bad breath
Sore mouth
Difficulty eating
Loose teeth or tooth loss
Pawing or rubbing the mouth
Bleeding gums
Dribbling saliva
Yellow or brown tartar on the teeth

About 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have some sign of dental disease. The toxins released from the bacteria in the mouth can result in kidney, heart and liver disease. Pets can lose weight due to dental disease. If your pet is showing any of the above signs, a dental performed under general anaesthetic may be needed. During this procedure our vets will remove the tartar using an ultrasonic scaler and then the teeth will be polished to leave a smooth surface which will slow down the future build up of plaque. Regular tooth brushing at least three times a week with a pet toothpaste will help prevent dental disease. There are also oral rinses, antibacterial gels, dental chews and dental diets available at Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic.
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