Regular dental and health check-ups are important because if your pet has dental disease or a toothache, you are unlikely to notice. Any smelly breath, yellow tartar build-up or signs of discomfort eating (e.g. dropping food) can be signs they have dental disease and need a dental examination.

A check up may reveal the need for cleaning, polishing, tooth extraction or even just a change in diet to prevent the problems and do away with the need for yearly cleans. Remember, your pet will look and function better and also live longer with healthy teeth and gums.

Up to 75% of pets older than 3 years old suffer from some degree of periodontal and gingival disease. This is a condition in which bacteria attack the gum tissue causing a foul odour, yellowish brown crusts of tartar around the gum line and even pain and bleeding when your pet eats or you touch its gums.