What Owners Need to Know About Pet Periodontal Disease
Just like humans, animals are susceptible to periodontal disease. In fact, oral health issues are rather common in adult pets. Here at Rolling Hills Animal Hospital in Chula Vista, our veterinarian understands the importance of keeping your pet’s mouth and teeth healthy. We can accurately diagnose and treat most types of dental problems right here in our state-of-the-art pet medical facilities.
Understanding Periodontal Disease in Pets
There is actually no difference between periodontal disease in pets and humans, as this condition equally destroys gum tissue, bone, and structures that keep teeth in place in both pet and humans. Poor oral health is sourced by bacterial infections that spread beneath the gum line. This eventually progresses until it destroys the bone surrounding the tooth roots and causing mobile, painful teeth. In cases of advanced progression of the disease, our veterinary team may recommend extracting the tooth surgically.
Prevention of Periodontal Disease
Unfortunately, there are typically very few signs of this condition until the disease has progressed significantly, making prevention efforts important. There are two key components to preventing periodontal disease in pets: home efforts and annual examinations and dental cleanings from our veterinarian in Chula Vista.
Home Oral Care for Pets
At home, pet owners can gently brush their pet’s teeth with a specialized brush or fingertip brush that some pets seem to prefer. Daily brushing helps prevent the buildup of plaque and calculus that is a staple of periodontal disease. There are also several types of chew treats that can help prevent and remove debris from teeth. Additionally, there are certain water additives that can be used as a part of your pet’s dental healthcare routine. Be sure to use products that have the seal of acceptance from the Veterinary Oral Health Council.
Professional Pet Teeth Cleaning
Our Chula Vista veterinary team has one of the safest dental cleaning records around, with almost two decades of trouble-free procedures performed on thousands of pets over the years. We recommend annual cleanings that allow the vet to thoroughly evaluate your pet’s mouth and radiograph all of the teeth to look for periodontal pockets, bone loss, or any signs of troubled teeth. Our Rolling Hills veterinarian will clean your pet’s teeth and make any necessary repairs to damaged teeth. This procedure takes place under safe and monitored anesthesia with an IV catheter in place for additional safety.
Pet Teeth Cleaning in Chula Vista
Here at Rolling Hills Animal Hospital in Chula Vista, we want to help your pet enjoy good oral health for a lifetime. Contact us online or call 619-656-6400 to schedule a pet dental appointment with our veterinarian for your dog or cat today.