It is estimated that more than 70% of dogs and cats develop tooth and gum disease by three years of age. Many of these pet suffer in silence until the disease has progressed to a point where teeth are not salvageable. The most common dental condition affecting dogs and cats is periodontal disease which is an infection and inflammation of the gums and supporting tissues of the teeth. The disease is caused by bacteria present in plaque and calculus (tartar). Periodontal disease begins when plaque and calculus build up on a pet’s teeth, especially below the gum-line.
Stinky breath is often the first noticeable symptom of the disease. Advanced stages produce inflamed, bleeding gums, pain or difficulty chewing, and loosening and eventual loss of teeth. There is clear evidence that oral health status has a profound effect on your pet’s attitude and general health. Periodontal disease may cause bacteria and toxins from the mouth to enter the bloodstream potentially roducing deleterious effects on other organs like the liver, kidneys, and heart.
Keeping your pet’s teeth clean is the first step in preventing periodontal disease. Manor Animal Hospital’s veterinarians and technicians have experience and advanced training at the Animal Dental and Training Center in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease. The entire staff is capable of recommending an oral hygiene program that includes in-hospital teeth cleaning followed by an oral home care treatment plan. We work very hard to make sure your pet’s teeth stay as healthy as they can be.