One of our wonderful doctors will:
- Perform a comprehensive examination of your pet's teeth and mouth
- Discuss with you which dental package is the best option for your pet's specific needs
- Provide you with a quote to fit your pet's needs
Approaching the need for a dental scaling and polishing starts with explaining what periodontal disease is and what happens to the body as a result.
Why Periodontal Disease is Harmful
Periodontal disease is just that—a disease. Once you understand that it is a disease just like hyperthyroidism, arthritis or heart disease, you will begin to understand why it is so important to treat. Gingivitis is defined as reversible inflammation of the tissues surrounding the tooth crown or normal exposed tooth surface. Most cats and dogs develop gingivitis by two years of age.
Periodontal disease is an irreversible condition that results in gum recession, tooth root exposure, loss of surrounding bone, altloosening of the tooth, and eventual tooth loss. If untreated, most pets will develop periodontal disease by age three to five. Pain develops as the gum recedes, exposing underlying sensitive tissues, and as the tooth becomes loose. Once tartar and plaque become established on the tooth surface, it begins to harden and mineralize. This is called calculus and is often found on the upper third and fourth premolars of dogs and cats.
The bacteria that cause periodontal disease also cause problems throughout the body. As the number of pathogenic bacteria increase in the mouth, they are absorbed through the inflamed gums into the bloodstream and enter the intestinal tract through swallowing. These bacteria contribute to the development or urinary tract infections, kidney infections, diminished immune system and heart valve infections (endocardiosis and endocarditis).
SYMPTOMS OF PERIODONTAL DISEASE:
- Bad Breath
- Tooth Loss
- Yellow or Brown Crust
- Abnormal Drooling
- Going to Food Bowl but Not Eating
- Dropping Food out of Mouth
- Bleeding Gums