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DENTAL AND ORAL CARE

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.

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Dental disease is progressive.  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 if left untreated, can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream leading to more serious health problems including heart, lung, and kidney disease.

 

Through routine physical examination, Dr. Lauren will advise you to any potential oral health issues.  When a problem is noted, the doctor will provide a grading of the dental pathology and discuss treatment options with you.  Dental procedures are only performed under anesthesia and in the clinic.  Call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lauren today at 585-519-4141.

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