You share more than you realize with your dog, including bacteria. Exposure to germs in your dog's mouth can increase your risk of developing capnocytophaga, a serious blood infection.View Article
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Animals need regular dental care. Gum disease causes pain, accounts for the loss of teeth, and can lead to serious generalized bacterial infections. Our physical exams include a thorough examination of the mouth. Teeth cleaning (removal of dental plaque and tartar) is an important step in preventing dental problems.
Veterinary dental procedures are performed mainly to eliminate the bacterial infection present with periodontal disease. This infection is not only a source of bad breath, but more importantly provides entry of bacteria into the bloodstream via bleeding of the gums. Once bacteria enter the bloodstream, they can create infections in the heart, lungs, kidney, and liver.