Periodontal disease is a common condition in dogs and cats. By the time your pet is 3 years old, he or she will likely have some early evidence of periodontal disease, which will worsen as your pet grows older if effective preventative measures aren't taken. Early detection and treatment are critical, because advanced periodontal disease can cause severe health problems and pain for your pet.
Prevention of oral disease in pets often consists of occasional removal of the dental plaque and tartar that forms on teeth by having a Lange Animal Clinic staff member perform a thorough dental cleaning. The process begins with an oral exam of your pet's mouth and blood testing to check for any other health concerns. Radiographs (x-rays) may be needed to evaluate the health of the jaw and the tooth roots below the gumline where most dental disease occurs.
To prevent injury or stress to your pet during the dental cleaning, the procedure is performed while your pet is under anesthesia. Because most dental disease occurs below the gumline, anesthesia also allows for a more thorough evaluation and cleaning of the teeth. Remember, your pet's teeth and gums should be checked annually during a wellness exam by a Lange Animal Clinic Veterinarian to watch for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet's mouth healthy.