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According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some degree of periodontal disease by the age of 3 years?
* Pets with periodontal disease constantly swallow bacteria and the bacteria gets into the blood stream. This bacteria can land in places like the heart, kidneys and other organs leading to disease and organ failure.
* Bacteria from your pet's mouth is transferred to you and your children every time they give you kisses.
At Animal Medical and Surgical hospital, we can address all of your pet's dental concerns and needs.
We can even make a prevention plan for your pet.
* We recommend routine brushing, C.E.T. chews, mouth rinse and regular dental cleanings.
Dr. Pfeffer, Dr. Danner and Dr. Vanderhoof are trained to handle anything from routine dental cleanings and root canals to oral surgeries.
We even have Dental Digital X-Ray!
* This allows us to evaluate the tooth root and the surrounding bone. Please, let us know if you have a special area of concern.
* Healthy teeth shouldn't have tarter or plaque build up and there should be no root exposure of any of the teeth.
* Healthy gums should be pink and adhered to the tooth.
* Is this what you see when you lift your pet's lip?
* We start to see plaque and tarter build up on the base of the tooth.
* Plaque appears as a yellow film that can easily be scraped off of the tooth.
* The tarter is a firm substance on the tooth that is not easily scraped off.
* The gums may be slightly red and inflamed near the base of the tooth (gingivitis).
* The gums may easily bleed when scraped.
* At this stage, you may notice that your pet's breath is foul smelling.
* There is bacteria mixed in the plaque and tarter that is beginning to break down the ligaments that attach the gum to the tooth.
* We are starting down the road of bacterial infection, tooth loss, bad breath and mouth pain.
* In stage 3, there is 20 to 50% loss of the attachment between the tooth and gums.
* When you lift up your pet's lip, you will notice thick brown or yellow tarter on the teeth.
* Under all of that tarter, the gums have receded to the point that there is significant tooth root exposure.
* The body is trying to fight back by sending white blood cells to the area. This shows up as pus that oozes out from under the gumline.
* The infection that is present causes swelling and pain. The infection is also snaking its way into your pet's blood stream and organs.
* Your pet may not be eating well and may seem cranky or irritable.
* Some may think that this is just the pet getting old, when in reality, it is excessive pain that you can do something about.
Stage 4 Periodontal Disease
Brushing the teeth is an important step to prevent the tarter and plaque from building up. The American Veterinary Dental Society recommends brushing your pet's teeth daily along with twice yearly dental cleanings with your veterinarian.
You do have to use toothpaste made for pets. They come in many great tasting flavors. A good tip is to start brushing when they are babies. This gets them used to the routine. BUT... today is always a good day to start brushing, no matter what your pet's age. Call us to talk to one of our nurses about what toothpaste to use and how to brush your pet's teeth.
At Animal Medical and Surgical Hospital, we use and recommend the use of C.E.T. chews. These great tasting chews are coated with an antibacterial enzyme that breaks down the plaque. It is much more effective than ordinary treats. One chew a day is all they need. How easy is that? Come by and pick up a bag to try.
We also have Hill's Prescription diet T/D. This diet can be fed as a sole diet or give one or two a day as a treat. This diet has actually been awarded the Veterinary Oral Health Council's Seal of Acceptances for helping to reduce both tarter and plaque build up!
There are many mouth rinses out there. We really like the C.E.T. oral rinse. It contains an antibacterial enzyme that actually helps break down the tarter and plaque build up. One squirt on each side of the mouth daily is all it takes for this rinse. And unlike other rinses that are available, it is safe for your pet to swallow.
The prevention will go a long way to help decrease the number of dental cleanings that your pet will need. But a regular dental cleaning with your veterinarian is still going to be necessary. You DON'T want to get to stage 2,3 or 4 dental disease with your pet. These stages will shorten your pet's life and decrease the quality of life for you and your pet. Depending on your pet, they may need to have a dental cleaning every 6 months or once yearly.
Please, come in so that our veterinarians can evaluate your pet's mouth. We can see if a dental cleaning is needed. We can also talk about a prevention plan.
Come by or call us at: 918-492-2674
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