Good oral health care is the best way to prevent periodontal disease and the effects it can have on your pet’s organs. Annual dental exams and cleanings, performed under anesthesia, allow for a thorough exam of your pet’s mouth. Cleanings include ultrasonic tooth scaling, polishing, complimentary nail trim and if needed, digital dental radiographs.
Routine cleanings are performed at our Glen Carbon, Troy, and Greenville locations. Digital dental radiographs are only done at our Glen Carbon location.
According to the AVMA, “more than 85% of dogs and cats that are at least 4 years old have a condition in which bacteria attack the soft gum tissue. This condition is called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the final stage in a process that begins with the development of plaque on your pet’s teeth.”
Why Oral Healthcare is Important for Pets
For the sake of your pet’s health and comfort, periodontal disease is a threat that can’t be ignored. Many of the signs of the disease are hard to miss. Bad breath, discolored teeth and swollen gums that may bleed easily can all be early indications of trouble. Late-stage periodontal disease can cause permanent damage, including loose teeth and tooth loss.
How Problems Begin
Periodontal disease begins when plaque, a mixture of bacteria and food debris, builds up on tooth surfaces and works its way under the gum line. Toxins released by the bacteria cause an inflammatory reaction that can lead to destruction of tissue and bone that anchor the teeth in place. If the bacteria enter the blood stream, the can even affect the heart, liver, & kidneys.
Serious and Common
Periodontal disease is not only serious, it’s also more common than most owners realize. In fact, more than 80% of dogs have it by the time they’re 4 years old. So, it’s easy to understand why periodontal disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problems in pets.
Prevention is the Best Protection from Periodontal Disease
Preventing periodontal disease by keeping your pet’s teeth and gums healthy isn’t just a job for your veterinarian. It’s your job, too.
While nothing can take the place of regular visits to the veterinarian for checkups and cleaning, ongoing follow-up oral care at home is just as important in controlling plaque and tartar formation.