Pet Dentistry: Keeping Mouths Happy and Healthy
According to the American Veterinary Dental College, well over 50% of all dogs and cats have some form of gum disease by 3 years of age. In its most advanced stage, gum disease can eventually affect a pet’s internal organs, putting their life at risk. At Pine Castle Animal Care Center, we take a proactive approach when it comes to pet dental health. In addition to at-home dental care, we recommend yearly exams and regular dental cleanings to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
With our pet dental services, we can prevent and treat a number of oral problems. These services include:
- Cleaning and polishing
- Dental X-rays
- Minor oral surgery (extractions, etc.)
The Stages of Gum Disease
Gum disease—also known as periodontal disease—in pets is very similar to gum disease in humans, and it includes the following four stages:
- Stage 1: Early Gingivitis
- Stage 2: Advanced Gingivitis
- Stage 3: Early Periodontitis
- Stage 4: Advanced Periodontitis
When tartar and plaque accumulate on the surface of teeth, bacteria can eventually seep below the gum line and into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, this bacteria can affect the heart, kidneys, and liver (Stage 4), which can negatively affect a pet’s quality of life.
Gum disease in the early stages can be easily treated with professional dental cleaning. In the latter stages, advanced treatment (bone replacement procedures, guided tissue regeneration, etc.) and/or extractions may be recommended.
Signs of Pet Gum Disease
The following signs are some of the most common signs of gum disease in pets:
- Bad breath
- Yellowish-brown tartar buildup
- Red, swollen gums
- Ulcers in the mouth or lips
- Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
- Loose or missing teeth
If you’ve noticed any of these signs in your pet, or if you have any questions about our pet dental services in Orlando, give us a call at 407-855-5010. We want your pet to have a happy, healthy mouth just as much as you do!