Approximately 85-95% of all dogs and cats two years old or older have periodontal disease. The first sign of which is halitosis (bad breath)! Periodontal disease is the major cause of tooth loss in pets as well as a major factor in infections of the liver, heart, lung, and even the brain. Gum disease is painful. Red gums indicate inflammation and hurts. Dogs and cats have the same nerve supply to teeth & gums as humans and hurt just as much when infection is present.
Periodontal disease and tooth loss is totally preventable in many cases and controllable in the rest with regular dental cleanings as often as needed (usually annually but sometimes more often) and daily home care.
Proper home dental care is important because plaque begins to accumulate within 24-48 hours after eating and begins to mineralize into calculus and tartar. As this infection builds up the bacteria spread under the gumline where the real damage occurs as the gum begins to separate from the tooth as the disease progresses.
Please call us with any questions- 918-627-8575
-The Veterinarians of Heritage Veterinary Hospital Drs. Joe, Julie, Stephanie and Jessica