Your Pet’s Pearly Whites

Posted August 4, 2014

Teeth brushing is a simple step of hygiene we follow a couple of times daily, but how often do you brush your pet’s teeth? Periodontitis, a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports teeth, is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats. The good news is, it’s entirely preventable.

By three years of age, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Unfortunately, other than bad breath, there are few signs of the disease process evident to the owner, and professional dental cleaning and periodontal therapy often comes too late to prevent extensive disease or to save teeth. As a result, periodontal disease is usually under-treated, and may cause multiple problems in the oral cavity and may be associated with damage to internal organs, especially the heart and kidneys, in some patients as they age.

It’s important not only to have regular professional dental examinations by your veterinarian, but to maintain regular home dental care for your pet. The “right” method for your pet may vary depending on their age and other factors.

Come see us today, and Dr. McElveen will help you assess the best way to care for your pet’s teeth and gums.Don’t delay, call (864) 232-6445 and book your appointment today!