Dental Cleanings – A Great Way to Improve your Pet’s Overall Health
Did you know that periodontal disease is the most common diagnosed condition in adult dogs and cats? Did you also know that if periodontal disease is left untreated it can lead to serious health issues with other organ systems in your pet’s body?
Plaque is the primary cause of dental disease mainly due to the its large bacterial component. If plaque buildup is left unattended to, it will eventually mineralize into calculus or tartar and will eventually cause gingivitis, inflammed gums, and periodontal disease.
Once periodontal disease sets in, the structure and function of the teeth are comprimised and the bacteria associated with the disease can enter the bloodstream with the potential of causing infections to other organs. This is why it makes it so vital to pay attention to your pet’s teeth. You can help prevent periodontal disease or at least slow the progression of it by regular brushing of your pet’s teeth or using certain dental diets or chews to help promote the mechanical action of chewing.
If routine maintenance cannot solve your pet’s dental problems, a teeth cleaning for your pet is a great alternative. Although dental cleanings do require your animal to be placed under anesthesia, necessary precautions prior to the procedure will be taken to make sure your pet is a healthy candidate for anesthesia. With our practice having the newest dental technology including digital dental X-ray, the procedure will be done in an efficient manner to limit the amount of time your pet is under anesthesia.
If you feel that something doesn’t look or smell right, give us a call to set up a pre-dental exam with Dr. Pearsall.