How bad are my dogs’ teeth?

Canine Dental Disease Scoring Chart

Their teeth get used every day, shouldn’t they be cleaned every day? Be sure to ask us about a complete dental health program

  • Stage 1: Minimal plaque and tartar on a smooth surface. Gums can become inflamed and swollen.
  • Stage 2: Mild infection of the gums and surrounding bone and tissue. Plaque and bad breath are noticeable. (*please note in this picture the teeth have been cleaned to show the redness, inflammation & gum recession around the teeth)
  • Stage 3: Moderate infection, continuing infection destroys more tissue around the teeth, often causing bleeding of gums and loosening of teeth. Bad breath is very noticeable.
  • Stage 4: Severe infection is tearing down even more of the attachment tissues (gum & bone). Severe bad breath and teeth are at a very high risk for being lost.

Oral health is important to your dog’s overall well-being. Compare the stages on this chart to the health of your dog’s gums and teeth. **This chart can give you an idea of how bad your dogs’ teeth are but it is not a substitute for a dental exam by a trained professional. There are other problems associated with the mouth that you may be unaware of. Call us to schedule a FREE Dental Exam. Your pets’ oral health will be evaluated and we will go through a dental cleaning estimate with you and answer any questions you may have.**

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