Some potentially serious health problems can start with a minor tooth or gum problem. Bacterial growth on neglected and irritated gums can be carried by the bloodstream to your pet's vital organs and cause major damage or cause them to fail. Since most pets are not big complainers, we really have to pay close attention to spot these little irritations or infections early (as early as 12 months of age). A regular routine of brushing & keeping the mouth clean and healthy at all times is the best way to head off problems before they start.
Our state of the art dental suite allows our veterinarians to perform a wide range of services such as dental radiographs, extractions, braces, root canals and much more.
I was totally unaware that cats and dogs have dental problems. Is it common?
Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats. Over 68% of all pets over the age of three have some form of periodontal or dental disease. Most pets will show few signs of dental disease. It is up to the pet?s family and veterinarian to uncover this hidden and often painful condition.
Are dental problems the same in pets and people?
No. In man the most common problem is tooth decay which, due to the loss of calcium from the enamel, results in painful infected cavities. In the cat and dog decay represents less than 10% of dental problems, the majority of which are caused by periodontal disease.
What is periodontal disease?
This is simply inflammation or infection of the tissues surrounding the tooth. Accumulation of tartar (calculus) on the teeth contributes to gum recession around the base of the tooth. Infection soon follows and the gums recede. Untreated infection then spreads into the tooth socket and ultimately the tooth loosens and is lost.
Is periodontal disease very common?
It is estimated that over 68% of dogs and cats over three years old suffer from some degree of periodontitis, making it by far the most common canine disease.
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