DENTAL AND ORAL CARE
Just imagine if you did not brush your teeth in the morning. Do you recall a slimy feel with your tongue. Now picture not brushing your teeth at night. Try this for a week (hypothetical) and imagine how your teeth would feel and your breath would smell. Now lets go 3-4 years without brushing. I would imagine that is how most pets feel on a daily basis.
Dental disease is an infection of the teeth, gums, and surrounding structures and is by far the most common major health problem of cats and dogs. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by the time they are 3 years old.
The progression of dental disease is as follows. It starts with a build-up of plaque. Plaque eventually turns to tarter and quickly forms small pockets where an animal’s gums meet its teeth. The gums can separate from the tooth and this allows more bacteria and food to accumulate. This build-up leads to periodontal disease, which can allow bacteria to now enter the bloodstream leading to more serious health problems including heart, lung, and kidney disease if left untreated.
Through routine physical examination Dr. Lauren can advise your on the health of your pets mouth. She can provide a grading of the dental pathology and discuss treatment options. Dental procedures are only performed under anesthesia and in the clinic. Call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lauren today at 585-519-4140!