Examine your pet’s mouth! It sounds simple but simply looking in their mouth can help you detect early signs of oral disease. Flip your pet’s lip weekly to look for problems. Causes for concern include: reddened gums; yellow or brown tartar collecting on the teeth; loose teeth, especially in the front of the mouth; abnormal swellings or growths; and excessive drooling. Excessively bad breath that doesn’t go away with tooth brushing should also send up a red flag. These are all signs that your pet may have oral disease, and should be addressed by your veterinarian when you notice them. In addition, your pet should have a good oral examination performed by your veterinarian at least every 6 months. If it has been a while since your pet was examined by their vet, call your vet today to schedule an appointment!