Why is Dental Disease Serious?
Because bacteria from your pets’ infected mouth gets in to their blood circulation and eventually leads to heart, liver, kidney, and bone and joint disease, including organ failure.
Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats, and is entirely preventable. By three years of age, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Unfortunately, other than bad breath, there are few signs of the disease process evident to the owner, and professional dental cleaning and periodontal therapy often comes too late to prevent extensive disease or to save teeth. As a result, periodontal disease is usually under-treated, and may cause multiple problems in the oral cavity and may be associated with damage to internal organs in some patients as they age.
The American Veterinary Dental College
Signs of Dental Pain
If you have ever suffered from a cavity, broken tooth, abscess, or sore gums - you know what that pain feels like. Pets are very good at hiding their signs of pain. Most pets will continue eating, even hard food, despite severe mouth pain. This is why it's essential to schedule regular dental exams for your pet.
Regular Dental Exams Will Save You Money
Regular dental cleanings and exams will prevent your pet from developing serious complications from dental disease which will be more expensive to treat. Your pet will also live a longer more comfortable life.
What's the Treatment Like?
The dental treatment itself is similar to a human dental cleaning - tartar removal, checking for cavities, gingival (gum) pockets, loose teeth, any growths on the gums or palate, removal of diseased teeth, and finally, polishing. The polishing is to smooth the tooth after tartar removal, as the tartar pits the tooth. A smooth tooth will not encourage tartar formation as easily as a roughened tooth.