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Signs of Gum Disease and Gingivitis in Canines

If you think your dog may have gingivitis or another form of gum disease one of the first signs that you will notice is extremely bad breath. Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath and it occurs because of prolonged food and plaque buildup and the eventual beginning stages of gingivitis. The bad breath is more than an occasional smell. It is an excessive and continuous smell that needs attention right away. Gingivitis can cause inflammation, irritation, redness, and swelling to the gum areas. It can be painful and prevent your dog from eating due to painful chewing. It is believed that more than 80 percent of pets age three and older will develop a form of gingivitis or gum disease. It’s important to take your dog in for routine dental cleanings and to provide him with a healthy diet that supports gum health. Talk with your veterinarians Benson, NC to learn more.

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