Most frequent dental issues of cats and dogs::

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I am Michał Wąsowicz (what might be translated from Polish as “the moustache man”). Welcome to my website on veterinary dentistry - my passion, that has begun 16 years ago and still is my passion today! As a doctor in veterinary science I improve - with prophylaxis, diagnosis and treating dental diseases of house pets - not only smiles but also the quality of life and health of our four-legged friends. At present, I work with several animal clinics in Warsaw (and in the vicinity of Warsaw), to reach as many of animals in need as possible. My dream is to make all of pet guardians in the world aware, how important dental prophylaxis is for the quality and lifespan of our faithful friends. Both this website and my channels in social media were created to help me make this dream come true.

Best wishes!
Dr n. wet. spec. Michał Wąsowicz

Nieprzyjemny oddech

Wyczuwalny przez ludzi Nieprzyjemny oddech z jamy ustnej określany jako „halitosis”, „fetor ex ore”, „fetor oris”, „bad breath” nie jest czymś naturalnym, ale zjawiskiem rozwijającej się patologii w jamie ustnej zwierzaka. Wywołany jest lotnymi związkami siarki, takimi jak: siarkowodór, siarczek dimetylu, merkaptan metylu. NAJCZĘSTSZĄ przyczyną brzydkiego zapachu z pyska jest niedokładność w higienie jamy ustnej lub jej kompletny brak. To niestety bardzo krótka droga do kolejnych i bardziej poważnych zmian chorobowych, które mogą skończyć się nawet chorobami narządów (nerek, dróg rodnych, dróg moczowych, zapalenie mięśnia sercowego) w wyniku infekcji w jamie ustnej.

To gra na czas. Dlatego im szybciej skontaktujesz się z ze mną, tym szybciej będziemy mogli razem wprowadzić profilaktykę, która uchroni Twojego pupila od niepotrzebnego cierpienia.

  • ślinienie się - Ślinienie się to kolejny, często bagatelizowany objaw tego, że coś niedobrego dzieje się w jamie ustnej. Niestety przyczyny mogą być poważne:
  • choroba przyzębia,
  • złamany ząb,
  • przewlekłe zapalenie dziąseł lub błony śluzowej jamy ustnej
  • ciało obce zaklinowane w jamie ustnej

Dental treatments:

  • Dental consultations
  • Prophylaxis treatments
  • Surgical treatments
  • Orthodontic treatments
  • Endodontic treatments
  • Periodontal treatments
  • Prosthetic treatment
  • Implantology.

Dental treatments, which I perform, are a series of actions, restoring dental health of cats and dogs and in advanced cases - preventing the further development of a disease. At each appointment with me, the pet guardian receives a huge dosage of knowledge and educational material, so that the daily ritual of pet dental hygiene could be introduced as quickly as possible. That’s the best way to prolong the successful dental treatment

Bad breath

Bad breath, perceptible even by humans, called “halitosis”, “fetor ex ore” or “fetor oris”, is not something natural. It’s a proof of developing pathological changes in pet’s oral cavity. It is caused by volatile sulphur compounds (VSCs), such as: hydrogen sulphide, dimethyl sulphide and methyl mercaptan. THE MOST USUAL cause of bad breath is negligence of oral hygiene or a total lack of it. Unfortunately, it’s just a few steps away from further and much more serious lesions of diseases, which can even develop into organ disorders (kidneys, birth routes, urinary tracts, and myocarditis, that is inflammation of heart muscle), which are a direct result of infection in oral cavity.

It’s just a matter of time. Therefore, the sooner you get in touch with me, the sooner we will be able to introduce prevention, which would protect your pet from unnecessary suffering.

Excessive salivation

Excessive salivation is a symptom, which can be linked to many, various diseases. When it comes to dental patients, the usual cause is throat or oral cavity inflammation, damaged tooth or simply a foreign object stuck in the oral cavity (like, for instance, a needle). Contact with a veterinarian is absolutely necessary, in order to make a correct diagnosis and then also a treatment plan.

Yellowish plaque on teeth

The yellowish plaque we can see with the naked eye on our pet’s teeth is nothing else than dental plaque. This is a biofilm structure, consisting of over 3000 different species of bacteria, their metabolites, food debris, other debris, cuticles and inflammatory cells. From this mixture the plaque is made up. If not removed by systematic teeth brushing or other rubbing or erasing methods, it will undergo mineralization because of calcium in saliva and turn into calculus - visible as brownish, hard deposit on teeth.


Plaque is a mineralized dental plaque, visible as brownish, hard deposit on teeth, which cannot be removed by brushing. It is a perfect place for accumulation of bacterial hotbed, what leads to gingivitis, which, thankfully, is reversible. At this point removing plaque lets inflammatory changes on gums to heal properly. However untreated gingivitis leads to periodontosis, which, by contrast, is irreversible. In such state treatment is focused on supressing the disease from appearing in other places and simultaneously halting the progress of the disease in already afflicted areas.

Plaque is removed by me during a dental procedure, in general anaesthesia.

Red gums

Red gum is one of the symptoms of gum inflammation, which is a result of long-term negligence of oral hygiene. If, besides red gums, you noticed swelling and bleeding gums in your pet’s oral cavity, you should schedule a visit at once! Your friend needs immediate help!

Moving tooth

Moving tooth is one of the results of untreated gingivitis, which developed into periodontosis. Periodontium consists of gums, paraodontium ligaments, cementum and alveolar bone structure. The main role of periodontium is keeping a tooth in the jaw. If inflammation steps in, the tooth loses its stability in the bone structure and it begins to move. Such moving tooth makes it hard to eat or play with favourite toys, causes pain and leads to illness of your pet. The most usual solution to the problem of moving tooth is extraction.

Dental injury

Dental injury (be it mechanical, chemical, thermal or infectious) may cause pulp inflammation. Usually the trauma is so powerful that the pulp inflammation is irreversible, which results in damage of the whole area around the root apex. In such situation there are two treatment options - extraction or saving it with endodontic treatment.

Lack of appetite

Lack of appetite (anorexia nervosa) is never a normal behaviour, especially if our pet loves to eat and shows interest when you fill his or her bowl with delicious chow. There are many causes of anorexia in dogs and cats. However, usually it is a result of developing pathology in the oral cavity, which causes inconceivable pain to our pet. In most cases animals do not show any symptoms, while the oral disease is developing more and more. But they are suffering in silence. So when patient finally visits me and during behavioural interview I discover that anorexia is one of the symptoms, I know that such case is extremely serious. Usually I diagnose patient with gingivitis, periodontosis, broken tooth or advanced cancer.

Unwillingness to play

Let’s be honest, you hardly even have to persuade pets to play! If your friend suddenly lost interest in playing with his or her favourite toys, avoids being pet around the head or the muzzle, is dispirited and “doesn’t behave like usual”, it might be a sign that inflammation is already there, in the oral cavity and causes serious pain. Unfortunately neither cat nor dog is able to simply and clearly “tell you” that it suffers. Therefore you have to be very vigilant and observe your pet. Do not ignore or underestimate the problem, thinking that it’s only short-lived lack of mood. Go to your veterinarian and dispel all your doubts.