Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the gums and bone that support the teeth. Painful tooth and bone loss can occur if this is not properly treated. Bacteria from dental disease can infect vital organs including the liver, kidneys, and heart.
Periodontal (gum) disease is the most common problem we find in adult dogs and cats in our practice, affecting more than 80% of pets three years or older. If left untreated, dental disease can cause severe health risks. Signs of Periodontal disease include:
- Inflammation, redness or swelling of the gums
- Receding gums or loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Tartar buildup
- Blood on chew toys
We recommend routine veterinary wellness exams for both dogs and cats. During these exams, we will check your pet’s teeth for signs of periodontal disease. If your pet has tartar buildup, we may recommend a dental cleaning. Regular dental cleanings lead to happier and healthier pets.
Dental cleanings generally include:
- Pre-Operative Lab Work
- IV Catheterization
- General Anesthesia
- Dental X-Rays
- Teeth Cleaning and Polishing
- Dental Charting
- Extractions when indicated
Taking these steps will keep your dog or cat much happier and healthier for years to come.