Studies show that 50% of all dogs and cats have some form of periodontal disease. That number jumps to 80% in pets that are 4 years of age or older. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause infection, pain, and tooth loss over time. Bacteria associated with dental disease can travel in the bloodstream to infect the heart, kidneys, and liver, causing widespread effects. Because of this, we recommend an annual veterinary dental healthcare examination for all pets.
Many health problems start in the mouth. Plaque, tartar, periodontal disease, and infected teeth serve as a source of inflammation and infection for the rest of the body.
Dental disease is one of the most common problems that we see in dogs and cats. It can cause drooling, reluctance to eat, swelling, bad breath, redness of the gums, loose teeth, and tooth discoloration.
Bad breath (halitosis)
Redness or bleeding along the gum line
Drooling, which may be tinged with blood
Difficulty chewing or messy eating
Pawing at the mouth
Loss of appetite
Loose or missing teeth
Dental issues and dental-related diseases can easily be prevented by visiting our veterinarians regularly for dental examinations and cleanings. We take a comprehensive approach to dental care including dental health assessment, treatment, and prevention.
Since most periodontal disease occurs under the gums, the only way to truly assess the degree of periodontal disease is to perform an examination under anesthesia. After the cleaning, our veterinarians perform a thorough oral exam and check for signs of disease like gum loss, root exposure, or pockets around the root.
We make every effort to save teeth that we feel have a chance to be successfully treated. In many circumstances, however, periodontal disease is so advanced that treatment without extraction is unsuccessful. We only extract teeth that, in the doctor's opinion, are beyond saving.
Many teeth require oral surgery to safely remove each individual root. We have extensive training and experience to perform these procedures properly. Pain medications are administered in the clinic and provided for in-home aftercare.
To schedule a dentistry evaluation for your pet, call us at 630-552-7804, or schedule online now.