Periodontal disease is the number one health problem in small animal patients. By two years of age, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have some form of periodontal disease. However, there are generally little to no outward clinical signs, and therefore therapy typically comes very late in the disease. Consequently, periodontal disease may also be the most undertreated disease in our patients. Additionally, unchecked periodontal disease has numerous local as well as systemic consequences including jaw fracture, heart/kidney disease, abscesses, pneumonia and diabetic complications.
Bad breath or halitosis is the primary sign of periodontal disease. Bad breath is not normal for dogs or cats and always indicates disease. We recommend a comprehensive dental assessment and treatment once your pet has been diagnosed with periodontal disease. Additionally, once treated, we recommend a yearly preventative dental cleaning at half the cost, to stay ahead of any further issues. We provide comprehensive oral examinations, cleanings or “prophys”, and surgical procedures including tooth extractions if needed. We offer complimentary dental radiographs with every procedure to ensure we have a full view of your pet's mouth, including possible infection beneath the gum line and bone health. We have the most up to date equipment and our team is trained in the latest dental techniques. Our goal is to provide education about proper dental care to minimize or prevent the need for extensive dental procedures and keep your pet as happy and healthy as possible.