Just like humans, pets can develop periodontal disease, especially when their teeth aren’t cared for properly. In some cases, the consequence of this oral health problem can lead to your pet not being able to eat properly. Fortunately, at Casillas Veterinary Hospitals, an animal hospital serving Montebello, Lynwood, and the rest of the East Los Angeles, CA area, we offer both veterinary prevention and treatment for this problem to promote optimal health and wellness in your cat or dog.
Definition of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is the technical term for gum disease. It’s a severe form of gingivitis. It occurs when bacteria causes the gums to swell. Often, it’s a sign of poor oral health. However, certain health conditions may put your pet more at risk.
Signs Your Pet Has Periodontal Disease
You may notice your pet has foul breath. The bad odor stems from the bacteria. You might notice your pet has a lot of plaque along the gum line. When it worsens, your pet could experience difficulty eating because they’re in pain.
Complications of Periodontal Disease
It’s possible for your pet to have difficulty eating. Once your pet has a serious case of gum disease, it’s possible for them to become malnourished if he isn’t eating enough. Additionally, the teeth begin to loosen as a result of the pockets underneath your pet’s gum line. The gum disease could even lead to your pet starting to lose their teeth.
Importance of Routine Dental Checkups
Sometimes, you might not notice any symptoms, which is why it’s vital to seek out regular dental care from a veterinarian for your pet. It could be too late by the time you take your pet into our office because of a tooth that’s fallen out.
At a routine dental checkup, we keep your pet’s teeth clean. We use a specialized toothbrush and toothpaste to thoroughly clean your pet’s teeth. We get close to the gum line, so we remove the bacteria near the gum line that can lead to gum disease. During your routine veterinarian dental exam, we also provide you with advice on keeping your pet’s teeth and gums healthy at home.
Another vital part of a veterinary dental examine is having an animal dental expert evaluate your cat or dog for any early signs of gum disease. If we notice your pet has a mild case, we can intervene and clean your pet’s teeth to prevent the condition from progressing. Moreover, if your pet has gum disease, we may diagnose it and take measures to prevent any further damage from occurring.