Oral health plays an important role in your pet’s overall health and well-being. As such, we encourage routine dental cleanings, and offer treatment for a wide range of oral diseases. We now also have the benefit of digital dental x-rays for a comprehensive oral evaluation.
Just like with us humans, good oral hygiene is essential to your pet’s overall health. Dental disease is a progressive condition. Stage one is characterized by gum inflammation and swelling, plaque accumulation and bad breath. This stage is reversible with proper dental care at home. This includes feeding your pet a diet clinically proven to reduce plaque and tartar, teeth brushing, chews, and even water additives!
By the time a pet’s periodontal disease has advanced to stage 3 or 4, their gums are severely inflamed and may be painful. At these stages, your pet’s teeth may feel mobile. Tooth loss and bone damage are common and irreversible at this stage. As the bacteria develop in the animal’s mouth, they can make their way into the bloodstream, causing serious infections in the kidney, liver and heart.
85% of adult pets have periodontal disease, and up to 66% of felines experience tooth resorption. Genetics and breed dispositions have a role in how quickly periodontal disease progresses, and every pet is different! This is why some pets can go years without needing even a routine cleaning, while others need them done every year, and even still may lose teeth from the severity of their disease.
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