Dental exams are an important part of your pet’s overall health care. You might have noticed one of the most common first signs of periodontal disease already: bad breath. Plaque and tartar buildup is caused by bacteria that cling to your pet’s teeth, forming a layer that hardens and begins to move under the gums to cause painful gingivitis. That bacteria can eventually get into the bloodstream, causing other health problems for your pet. Left untreated, your pet can suffer from tooth decay, sinus problems and more serious issues. We offer dental checks during your pet’s annual exam to identify periodontal disease before it can do damage to your pet’s health.