At Cahuenga Veterinary Hospital we are dedicated to providing the best dental care for your pets.
– Deep anesthetic cleaning
– Dental radiographs
– Dental treatment
– Surgical extractions
Read through the questions to learn about why regular pet dental care is so important and how dental disease can be diagnosed and treated in pets.
Periodontal disease is an inflammation of some or all of a tooth’s support. When compared to gingivitis, periodontitis indicates bone loss if left untreated. Periodontitis may cause loose painful teeth as well as internal disease. It is the most common infectious disease of adult dogs, the progressive an inflammatory disease affects the supporting structures of the teeth and is the main cause of dental disease and early tooth loss in dogs and cats–affecting over 90% of dogs and 70% of cats over three years of age.
Bad breath (halitosis) is the primary sign of periodontal disease. Your pet’s breath should not have a fetid odor! When periodontal disease becomes advanced, it can cause an inability to chew hard food, excessive drooling as well the presence of blood tinged saliva.
In order to evaluate the stage of disease as well as the best treatment, your pet must be under general anesthesia. In addition to visual examination, x-rays, and instruments to measure bone loss are used.
Gingivitis is treatable and curable. Periodontal disease is not curable once bone loss occurs, but may be controllable once treated and followed up.