Does your pet have ďdog breath?Ē Itís not just a nuisance but a sign of an unhealthy mouth. Bacteria cause bad breath and over time this leads to plague and tartar buildup, along with reddened gums, and other symptoms. Dental hygiene is an important aspect of your petís health because dental disease can be associated with other health problems, like heart and kidney disease. We will examine your petís teeth and gums to determine if there are any problems and if needed, we may recommend a more detailed examination, which includes sedation, a dental cleaning, or options for at-home care. Even if your petís teeth and gums seem fine, we want to keep them that way and can make suggestions to keep them this way.