Periodontal disease is one of the most common, and surprisingly, most overlooked conditions experienced by dogs and cats ages 3 and up. At Creekside Pet Care Center, our aim is to be as proactive as possible by providing complete pet dental care at our hospital in Keller, TX. We recommend an oral exam and teeth cleaning for your dog or cat roughly once a year. This helps to prevent periodontal disease from taking root and causing harm to your pet’s teeth, gums, and overall health.
Other conditions pets can experience in their mouths include gingivitis, tooth resorption, oral abscesses, and oral tumors.
What Causes Periodontal Disease in Dogs & Cats?
Periodontal disease in pets is similar to periodontal disease in humans. It occurs as a result of tartar and calculus buildup on the teeth and under the gum line, where excreted bacteria eat away at the gum tissue and the roots of the teeth. Advanced infection can even spread to the bloodstream and affect your pet’s heart, liver, and kidneys.
With routine teeth cleanings and supplemental dental care at home, your pet can stay periodontal disease-free and enjoy a healthier, happier life!
Does My Pet Need a Teeth Cleaning?
If your pet has yet to see us for an oral exam and teeth cleaning, you should set up an appointment as soon as possible.
Dogs and cats that go without dental care do not always show signs of oral problems, but the following are usually a strong indication of an oral infection:
Brown/yellow tartar buildup along the gum line
Difficulty chewing and eating (dropping food)
Loose or broken teeth
Decreased appetite (some pets will continue eating as normal)
Red, swollen, and/or bleeding gums
What Do Cat & Dog Teeth Cleanings Entail?
Creekside Pet Care Center is extremely thorough in providing pet dental care. We know that unlike humans, our pets can’t take care of their teeth themselves, and therefore they are prone to plaque and tartar buildup that can result in oral infection.
Cat and dog teeth cleaning procedures at our hospital are comprehensive and performed with the utmost care and safety. Below are the steps we generally follow to clean your pet’s teeth and reduce their risk for periodontal disease.
Cleaning your pet’s teeth requires the use of an ultrasonic scaling tool. This tool removes hardened material from the crowns of the teeth, and then we use a root planing tool to remove buildup from under the gum line, around the tooth root. Then, we polish each tooth to a shine so the enamel surfaces are smooth and more resistant to plaque and tartar.