Recognizing & Preventing Periodontal Disease

Without proper dental hygiene, your pet’s gums can become infected and painful.  Bacteria can result in red, swollen gums, eating problems, drooling, bad breath, showing head sensitivity, and even changing activity levels.

 Above, you can see the various stages of periodontitis.  In stage one, a cleaning may be necessary as well as brushing at home.  In stage two, bone loss begins, and you may notice bad breath.  A professional cleaning can prevent further deterioration.  In stage three, there may have been significant bone loss and weakened support.  We may take X-rays and determine if tooth extraction is necessary.  In stage 4, tooth extraction is most likely necessary.

Periodontal disease can be prevented, however.  Maintaining your pet’s dental health is important for preventing future medical problems as well as improving quality of life.  There are several ways you can help maintain dental health. Dentals are a routine veterinary treatment that preventively and proactively help your pet maintain dental health. Additionally, fluoride treatments provide fluoride, a chemical that prevents tooth decay. Teeth brushing is something you can do at home in between dentals and dental chews to maintain dental hygiene.  Dental chews combine the mechanical action of chewing to physically remove tartar while releasing enzymes that help break down and prevent tartar. Dental toothpaste provides the same enzymes that, in combination with the mechanical action of brushing, remove and prevent tartar as well. We offer C.E.T. HEXtra and Veggiedent chews, as well as C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste.

With proper care, you can prevent periodontal disease and help your pet live a long, happy life!

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