Avoid Dog Gingivitis:
Dental Awareness All Year Long
The pet industry has designated February as Dental Awareness Month for Pets, but at Hometown Veterinary Hospital we discuss dental disease year 'round. Healthy teeth and gums are as important for your pets as they are for you!
After an exam, your pet will leave with a record documenting the grade of your pet's teeth, so you can plan your follow-up care accordingly.
The teeth are graded on a scale of 1-4. Let us sum it up for you without getting too technical.
Stage 1 indicates there is some early disease starting to show up on the teeth. Plaque can be seen (yellow/brown color) along with inflamed, swollen gums. This is the time to start treatment, because the sooner the better, and the savings are greater.
Stage 2 shows greater disease process.
Once we get to Stages 3-4, a cleaning has become a surgery with extractions, requiring much more time. Stage 4 is advanced disease. The bacteria are destroying the gum, tooth and bone. When disease is allowed to progress this far, sometimes surgery is required for removing teeth that are damaged beyond recovery.
Take Some Proactive Steps Now
What can you do now to be proactive? Flip the lip to start. Look for staining on teeth (yellow/brown colors), red painful gums or bleeding gums. Bad breath is often not normal, and bacteria are often the culprit. Does your pet drool, avoid dry food, struggle to chew, paw at mouth, have missing or broken teeth? Those are all clear signs of gum and tooth disease.
For you pet's sake, give us a call at 883-7297. healthy teeth and gums can make for a happier pet!