Eighty-five percent of all dogs and cats over five years old have some form of dental disease. Younger animals may have improper bites, teeth defects or broken teeth. These problems frequently cause bad breath, premature tooth loss and pain. To help recognize dental problems in pets, the UI College of Veterinary Medicine will offer its first free Dental Screening Clinic for dogs and cats Saturday at the Small Animal Clinic. Pet owners can bring in their animals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Veterinarians specializing in veterinary dentistry and fourth-year veterinary students will perform oral examinations and make recommendations for treatment. Information on preventive dental care and products will be available. Appointments are not necessary. As with humans, preventive dental care for pets is the key to a healthy mouth and a quality life. More information about the free clinic is available from Dr. Janna Johnson at 333-5300.