Is your pet exhibiting signs of periodontal disease?

 

According to the AVDS, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats by the age 3 show signs of periodontal disease. Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common conditions seen in pets today. The problem begins when plaque and tartar are allowed to build up on your pet’s teeth. Plaque harbors bacteria, which can infect gum tissue and the roots of teeth, resulting in disease and tooth loss. Besides the negative impact on oral health, bacteria can enter the bloodstream through the large blood vessels located near the gums and teeth. At this stage, the organs with the highest blood flow are the most susceptible to infections. These organs include the lungs, heart, kidneys, liver, and even the brain. Damage to these organs caused by infection can shorten the lives of our pets.

 

The following are documented symptoms:      

  1. Bad breath
  2. Yellow/brown plaque on the teeth or near the gum line
  3. Red and/or swollen gums
  4. Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or the gums are touched
  5. Drooling
  6. Loose or missing teeth
  7. Pawing at the mouth

 

Our dental practitioners are highly qualified to perform a thorough dental exam on your pet without the use of anesthesia. During the examination, our hygienists will chart any abnormalities or concerns regarding your pet’s oral health. The next step is to remove all of the plaque above and below the gum line. When we are finished removing the buildup, we will polish the teeth using a fluoride-based pumice.