What to do if your dog has bad breath

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A dog’s bad breath could be more than an odor problem; it might signify a serious health risk with the potential to damage not only the animal’s teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) President Dr. Mike Topper says regular dental exams can help prevent more serious health problems.

“Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets; it’s also entirely preventable,” said Dr. Topper.

Twice-a-year checkups, including an oral health checkup, are important to ensure your pet is not in pain and is not suffering from serious oral health problems. Besides causing receding gums and tooth loss, bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream, potentially infecting the heart, liver and kidneys, which can be life threatening.

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