Dental disease, or periodontal disease, is extremely common and affects most animals by the age of three! How does this happen? Bacteria create a layer of plaque on the tooth surface that builds up in only 12 hours. Minerals in the saliva cause the plaque to harden and form tartar, or calculus. As time goes on, the plaque and tartar start to reach below the gum line, damaging the tooth’s supporting structures and leading to loose teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to oral pain, tooth loss, gum tissue damage, jaw fractures, jaw infections, or nasal discharge. Bacteria from oral infections can even enter the blood stream and create systemic diseases associated with the liver, kidneys and heart. Daily oral home care and routine professional dental cleanings are key in preventing the progression of this common and severe disease process.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
-Bad breath (halitosis)
-Poor appetite and/or weight loss
-Dropping food when eating or chewing on only one side of the mouth
-Red or bleeding gums
-Pet shies away when you touch the mouth
If your pet is showing any of these signs, please schedule a dental consultation with us. Contact our front desk at 203-259-5295.