Wreaking Havoc: Periodontal Disease in Pets

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We all know how important regular pet dental care is for ourselves and our children. We brush twice a day, floss, and see our dentist for cleanings twice a year. But what if we told you the same care is needed for your pets?

It’s true! Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or saw the dentist. This is a fact of life for most pets, but it doesn’t have to be the case.

And there’s good reason to make regular dental care for your pet a priority. Periodontal disease in pets is the most common health condition in pets today. So common, in fact, that by the time pets are 4 years of age, over 85% of them have some form of dental disease.

This painful condition not only causes bad breath, it causes redness and swelling of the gums, bacterial infection in the mouth, and even systemic disease if not treated early.

But what exactly is periodontal disease, and what causes it? Let Harpeth HIlls Veterinary Hospital show you the way.

What is Periodontal Disease in Pets?

Periodontal disease is a painful and progressive condition. Here’s how it is caused.

  • Bacteria in the mouth combine with food particles to form plaque, which sticks to the teeth
  • If left undisturbed, minerals in the saliva harden plaque and tartar within days.
  • The bacteria then work their way under the gumline, causing inflammation and gingivitis
  • Once under the gums, bacteria destroy the supporting structures of the teeth, resulting in tooth loss

The bacteria can also enter your pet’s blood stream, which then can cause disease of the heart, liver and kidneys.

If you are concerned that your pet is suffering from periodontal disease, please call us to schedule a complimentary dental exam, or to schedule a dental cleaning and oral X-ray (10% off during the month of March!). Please don’t let your pet suffer the ill-effects of poor dental health – let our team help you find a better way to support your pet’s oral care.