Pet Dentistry and Periodontal Care

Oral and Periodontal Disease Is the Most Frequently Diagnosed Health Problem for Pets That We See Here in Our Santa Cruz Vet Clinic.

  • 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of 3, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society.
  • Periodontal disease is a common problem in dogs and cats.
  • 28 percent of domestic cats develop at least one painful lesion in their mouth during their lifetime.

Oral Disease Begins With Bacterial Buildup in Your Pet’s Mouth

  • Bacteria combines with saliva and food between the tooth and gum that eventually leads to plaque and then tartar.
  • Without proper preventive or therapeutic dental care, plaque and tartar build up and lead to periodontal disease, which affects the tissues and bone structures supporting the teeth. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause pain, tooth abscess and/or loss, and even systemic complications.
  • Tartar enhances bacterial attachment and irritates gingival tissues.

Other Health Problems Can Come as a Result of Periodontitis

  • Periodontal diseases cause red and painful gums, receding gums, bleeding, pain and bad breath. Left untreated, it can lead to tooth root abscesses and tooth loss. The inflammation from periodontal disease can damage the heart, liver and kidneys, and can lead to other, more serious health problems.

What Are the Warning Signs Your Pet Has Oral Disease?

  • Bad breath
  • Change in eating or chewing
  • Pawing at the face or mouth
  • Weight loss
  • Depression or reluctance to play

You Can Reduce the Risk of Oral Disease by Following the American Veterinary Dentistry Society Recommendations

STEP 1: Take your pet for a dental exam. Don’t wait for his annual checkup if you suspect a problem.

STEP 2: Begin a dental care regimen at home. Your veterinarian can suggest steps that may include brushing your pet’s teeth. You can also feed your pet food that is specially formulated to combat plaque and tartar buildup. Your veterinarian can point you in the right direction.

STEP 3: Schedule regular veterinary checkups to catch things before they become serious.

We’re Specially Trained in Pet Dentistry and Oral Disease

Here in our Santa Cruz veterinary clinic, we have vets who are specially trained in dog and cat periodontal disease. Call now to schedule a checkup and begin your companion’s ounce of prevention today. Your loving care will lead to many long years with your cherished pet. Our clinic is located on Mission Street on Santa Cruz’s west side.