Such an important part of health care for our patients, and it ties in with our Dental month promotion for October!
“Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth!”
Periodontal disease is one of the most common health problems in companion animals and is often overlooked! It is estimated that 80% of all dogs and 70% of all cats older than 3years of age suffer from some form of dental disease.
What causes dental disease?
The process of dental disease begins with the build-up of plaque, which is made up of salivary proteins and bacteria. The bacteria irritate the gums and causes inflammation known as gingivitis.
If the plaque is removed by brushing, the gingivitis resolves and the gums return to normal. If the plaque is not removed, it then hardens into ‘tartar’ or ‘calculus’. The calculus then provides a rough surface for even more plaque to accumulate and a bad breath may be noted.
If inflammation continues, the bone surrounding the teeth is also affected and this destruction results in tooth…
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