Dental Health Awareness Month

By February 4, 2019 June 14th, 2019 blog

Just like you and I; dogs and cats can get dental disease. That’s why it’s important that we brush our furry friends teeth on a regular basis, just like you brush your own. 

It’s easier than you think!

Periodontal Disease: What lies beneath…

Periodontal disease affects the supporting structures of the tooth. It’s not something that can be seen just by looking at the teeth as most of it it occurring below the gum line. This is why it’s so important for us to put your pet under general anesthesia. Only then can we do a full oral exam assessing each and every tooth, probe pockets around the teeth, and take X-rays within the mouth. After addressing any problems we find with the teeth and other structures of the mouth,  we can clean the teeth via ultrasonic scaling and then polishing. The most important step is cleaning below the gum line to remove plaque that can lead to periodontal disease.

Give us a call if you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s oral health.

Case-specific Info:
‘Shadow’ had periodontal disease – plaque build up below the gums that lead to inflammation and destruction of the surrounding structures. This resulted in loose, painful teeth. In the X-ray you can see bone loss around the teeth.  He also had a fractured tooth. This resulted in exposure of the inside of the tooth (the pulp cavity) to the outside world, leading to pain and infection.

*before and after pictures
*normal X-ray with abnormal showing bone loss

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