Mission Animal Hospital believes every month is Dental Health Month. Facts show that cleaning your pet’s teeth regularly can prevent Periodontal Disease, increase the longevity and the overall health of your pet!
Here are some recent dentals performed by the staff at Mission Animal Hospital, demonstrating varied levels of dental disease.
What is Periodontal Disease (Dental Disease/Gingivitis)?
An inflammatory disease that affects the support structures of the dentition. It is categorized in 5 stages, 0-4: 0 being healthy (not pictured) and 4 being the worst.
The number one cause of periodontal disease (PD) is Plaque. Plaque is a bacterial bio-film that sticks to the crown of the tooth. If not removed within 24 to 48 hours it turns into calculi/tartar. This material causes the surface of the tooth to become rough, allowing more plaque to attach. This process leads to periodontal disease.
Two key components to prevent periodontal disease: Brushing every 24 - 48 hours and annual oral examination. Not all pets will need a professional dental cleaning annually, but they should be evaluated.
Some early warning signs of periodontal disease:
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Dropping food while eating
- Lack of appetite and/or energy
- Rubbing face in carpet
- “cranky” or “grumpy” attitude
If your pet is showing any of these signs, please call for an evaluation.
For more information regarding dental care, anesthetic dental cleaning or FAQ’s, please follow this link to the American Veterinary Dental College: http://avdc.org/AFD/category/facts/