Dental disease affects pets of all ages, sizes, and lifestyles. Luckily, pet owners can mitigate the adverse effects of dental and periodontal conditions by simply scheduling a regular veterinary dental appointment. Your vet will tend to your pet’s condition, advise you on the best approaches to at-home care, and secure the health and cleanliness of your pet’s mouth.
Harmful Effects of Dental and Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease develops on the surface of your pet’s teeth and gums. Dental issues arise due to the collection of bacteria from plaque and tartar, which also create pain and inflammation. These conditions can pose a threat to your pet and generate health problems such as:
- Eye issues
- Gum infection
- Organ damage
- Fractured jaws
- Oral cancer
- Respiratory issues
- Changes in weight
- Lack of proper nutrition
- Weakened immune system
- Behavioral changes due to pain and anguish
The good news is that every time you take your pet for a vet check-up, your veterinarian also performs a dental examination of your pet’s teeth. This exam is ideal for detecting dental concerns, and addressing them before they reach a stage that requires tooth extraction.
There will be instances where you’ll notice that your pet is not acting like his or her normal self. Some of the behaviors that make dental problems noticeable include:
- Difficulty chewing hard food or treats
- Chewing on one side of the mouth
- Lack of appetite
- Unwilling to play with chew toys
Your furry companion should not have to endure the adverse effects of dental and periodontal disease. Keep your pet healthy and pain free by connecting with us now at (530) 673-4744 or by requesting an appointment. Our team of professionals are ready to assist you and provide your pet with the best oral care.