February is National Pet Dental Awareness Month

February is National Pet Dental Awareness Month

What is periodontal disease?

  • It is an inflammation of some or all of a tooth's support.

  • Periodontitis indicates bone loss, unlike gingivitis which are red and swollen gums.

  • If left untreated, periodontitis may cause loose and painful teeth as well as internal diseases.

What causes it?

  • It is caused by plaque (bacteria) build-up.

  • The plaque becomes mineralized, producing calculus.

  • As plaque ages and gingivitis develops, periodontitis (bone loss) occurs.

What are the signs of dental disease?

  • persistent bad breath

  • favoring one side of the mouth when chewing

  • pawing at the mouth

  • loss of appetite

  • facial swelling and/or sensitivity around the mouth

  • irritability

  • difficulty chewing

How is periodontal disease treated?

  • Treatment depends on the severity of the disease.

  • Grade I and II gingivitis can be treated by teeth cleaning, polishing and application of fluoride to help prevent plaque accumulation.

  • Grade III disease requires deep scaling.

  • Medication may be dispensed after the teeth cleaning to treat and prevent periodontal disease progression.

Daily tooth brushing is the key to help prevent plaque build-up.

To read more about National Pet Dental Awareness, click here

February is National Pet Dental Health Month - avma.org

Don't turn your nose to your pet's bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage your pet's teeth and overall health.

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