Periodontal disease is one of the most common disease in dogs and cats. Food particles along the gum line can turn to plaque within a few hours. If plaque continues to accumulate, it will mix with minerals in saliva to harden into calculus. When you look into your pet's mouth, calculus above the gum line is easy to see. It's hard and crusty and will appear yellow and/or brown.
The real damage happens where you can't see it — beneath the gums. As the disease advances, calculus will travel down the teeth, creating pockets for bacteria growth. Tissue will be eaten away, teeth will loosen, and once the bacteria enters the blood stream, major organs can also be affected.
Since pets don't show pain the same way you do, you won't be able to tell just how bad your pet is feeling. Give us a call to set up an appointment if you notice your pet has bad breath, stained teeth, or inflamed gums. Other symptoms include drooling, swelling under one eye, and refusing to eat.
Better still, regular wellness exams allow us to monitor the condition of your pet's teeth. If caught early, many dental issues can be reversed, and we're always happy to talk to you if you have questions about your pet's dental care routine. But if your pet's dental disease has advanced to the point of no return, treatment will require anesthesia to clean under the gums and to extract any teeth that are too far gone to save.
If you suspect your pet has periodontal disease, set up an appointment this month to take advantage of our dental special. In honor of National Dental Hygiene Month, you'll get to save 15% on all our dental services.
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