If you’ve been reading our newsletter then you know that periodontal disease affects nearly 85 percent of all cats and dogs over three years of age. Not only is dental disease associated with liver, kidney and heart disorders, this disease is a frequent source of pain and often leads to poor general health. But just what kinds of dental problems do dogs and cats have?
We are very familiar with how important dental care is for humans. Few of us neglect caring for our own teeth, but dental disease is just as common in dogs and cats. Cavities make up the vast majority of dental problems in humans, but pets most often suffer from plaque buildup. This buildup can cause inflammation of the gums around the base of the teeth, a condition known as gingivitis. In both humans and pets gingivitis is a continuous source of discomfort and pain. If left untreated, it ultimately progresses to periodontal disease.
How is dental disease treated?
Treatment depends on the severity of the disease. If your pet is only suffering from plaque and mild calculus or gingivitis, this can usually be treated with consistent home oral care by means of daily tooth brushing. We have great tasting toothpaste made especially for pets (or so our patients tell us–we take their word for it!), as well as toothbrushes small enough to get to even the toughest-to-reach back teeth. Dental disease that has progressed past this will require cleaning below the gumline under anesthesia. The most advanced cases will require oral surgery to scale deep below the gumline or to remove affected teeth.
Take advantage of our $20-50 savings (depending on level of treatment needed) in honor of National Pet Dental Month and have your pet’s teeth cleaned! Appointments go fast, so be sure to call today!