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Posted on 04-20-2012
If you have owned dogs or cats for any length of time, you understand how many common traits these animals share with humans. Unfortunately, these common traits include many shared ailments. One of these ailments, periodontal disease, can have a profound impact on the health of humans and animals alike.
Periodontal disease occurs when food particles mix with saliva to form plaque at the gum line. This plaque eventually hardens into a mineralized substance known as tartar, irritating the gums and eventually infiltrating the space between the teeth and surrounding tissues underneath the gum line. The bacteria then proceeds to destroy the connective tissues that hold the teeth in place while allowing infections and abscesses to develop.
Periodontal disease can cause your pet considerable pain and interfere with his ability to eat, especially if he starts losing teeth to the disease. To make matters worse, the bacteria can find its way to your pet's internal organs, leading to serious or even fatal damage. You can give your pet chew toys or brush his teeth with specially-formulated toothpastes to reduce the risk of periodontal disease, but you should also schedule annual dental examinations at our veterinary hospital. Our veterinarians can detect early signs of trouble and clean your pet's teeth more deeply than a toothbrush can manage.
If your Canton, Ball Ground or Holly Springs pets need an experienced pet dentist to check their teeth and gums and perform any necessary dental procedures, bring them to our veterinary hospital here at Acres Mills Veterinary Clinic. We know how to put your pets at ease in a relaxed environment (including the option of sedation) while we perform checkups and remove built-up tartar from teeth, reducing the risk of periodontal disease. We can also treat existing periodontal disease and perform extractions, root canals or other procedures that can make a critical difference in any pet's long-term health and quality of life.
What kind of dental routine does your pet receive? Share the details with our readers!
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