Dental disease is the most commonly diagnosed disease in our pets, with 85% of dogs and cats over the age of 3 suffering from some degree of periodontal or oral disease. Common signs of dental problems include halitosis (bad breath), gingivitis (red, irritated gums), tartar and plaque buildup, changes in eating and chewing habits, pawing at the face, and generalized depression or lethargy.
Untreated dental problems have the ability to affect not only the teeth themselves, but also the overall health of your pet. Bacteria, food debris and tartar and plaque accumulation can lead to the deterioration of the gingiva (gums) and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay leads to irreversible periodontal disease, and, if left unchecked, may result in tooth loss. Bacteria in the mouth can also easily enter the blood stream, and serious kidney, liver and heart problems may occur as a result.
At your pet’s annual health and wellness examination, we will thoroughly examine his/her teeth, and make recommendations on any treatments, or preventative measures that are necessary. Home care including brushing, dental chews, dental food, or water additives may be recommended if minimal plaque and tartar is present. During the more moderate to severe periodontal disease, we may recommend a thorough dental cleaning to remove all tarter and plaque both above and below the gum line, and well as periodontal probing to evaluate various problems. These procedures are done under general anesthetic for both the safety and comfort of your pet, as well as to ensure a thorough job is done.
If you are unsure of the current dental health of your pet, or you are concerned there may be an issue, we are pleased to offer our clients a complimentary dental assessment.