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Dental disease is widespread among dogs and cats, as many as 85% showing symptoms by three or four years of age. Periodontal disease is inflammation and infection in the gums surrounding your pet’s teeth. The bacteria forms a plaque that eventually hardens into the tartar seen on the tooth surface.

If periodontal disease is left untreated, the following can result and may be signs you observe:

  • Chronic pain
  • Tooth destruction, receding gums
  • Damage to vital organ structure (Kidneys, Liver, Heart)
  • Excessive salivation
  • Reluctance to eat
  • Bad breath
  • Bumps/lumps in the mouth

Fortunately, with the advanced dental procedures at Town and Country Veterinary Clinic, we can eliminate pain and discomfort associated with this disease with a combination of routine home health care and regular dental cleanings. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is best to bring your pet in for a veterinary visit. Prevention is much less expensive than tooth extraction!

Routine health care can assist in preventing periodontal disease. For example, you can:

  • Provide your dog or cat a dental chew (C.E.T.)
  • Add a drinking water additive to freshen breath (Breathalyser)
  • Brush your pet’s teeth daily with enzymatic toothpaste