Dentistry is in important part of any pets health. By the age of 3 years old, many pets have already started to develop periodontal disease. Most people notice the plaque starting to form on top of the teeth, but do not realize that underneath the gum line, there is plaque as well. The plaque will start to harden because of the minerals in the saliva and turn into tartar. When the tartar is under the gum line it becomes toxic to the tissue and nerves around the tooth, causing them to eventually fall out. Some different periodontal diseases that pets can get are gingivitis, the inflammation or reddening of the gums, and periodontitis, the loss of bone and/or soft tissue around the teeth. Different effects that can happen within the oral cavity include the development of a hole from the oral cavity to the nasal cavity causing nasal discharge, loss of tissue and/or bone around the teeth, small fractures of the jaw, and even bone infection. Studies have also shown that animals that have periodontal disease have also had small changes in the heart, liver, and kidneys. At Mission Animal Care Center, we provide ultrasonic scaling and polishing for dogs and cats as well as tooth extractions.
PLEASE CALL US TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH IF YOUR DOG OR CAT IS EXHIBITING ANY OF THESE SIGNS OF DENTAL DISEASES:
- Loss of appetite or loss of weight
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area
- Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
- Bleeding from the mouth