Our dental exams are designed to detect diseases that affect the mouth, as well as more serious health problems such as heart, lung, and kidney disease.
Strong dental hygiene is just as important for pets as it is for humans. And while most pet owners understand the significance, this integral part of pet care is still often overlooked.
Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissue surrounding the teeth that takes hold in progressive stages. Our team has been trained to spot and treat this condition.
How It Starts and Progresses
Periodontal disease starts out as a bacterial film called plaque. If left to spread, plaque can lead to gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums, causing them to become red and swollen and to bleed easily. As plaque and calculus develop below the gum line, professional cleaning will be needed to help manage it. If the plaque and tartar buildup continues unchecked, infection can form around the root of the tooth. In the final stages of periodontal disease, the tissues surrounding the tooth are destroyed, the bony socket holding the tooth in place erodes, and the tooth becomes loose.
If you’d like to schedule a dental exam, be sure to reach out to one of our friendly representatives. Once we get a look at those pearly whites, it’s only a matter of time before your pet is leading a happier and healthier existence!