The most pervasive disease in our pets is periodontal disease. 80% of all pets have this if they are over the age of 3 years old. This condition is an infection of the tissue around the tooth. The tissue is very important to take care of since this tissue’s main job is to keep your dog’s tooth in. Unfortunately, periodontal disease (also called gum disease), occurs five times as often in pets as it does in people. As a matter of fact, more than 80% of dogs over 3 years old have periodontal disease. Of course, it’s not just about clean teeth. Did you know that your pet could also fracture a tooth?
Dogs can fracture teeth when they chew on objects that are too hard. Dogs can also fracture teeth if they chew on wire kennels or experience blunt trauma, including getting hit by a car or simply attempting to catch a frisbee or fetch a stick. Cats suffering from feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions (FORLs) have damaged, weak teeth that are more susceptible to fracture. Trauma can also cause a cat to break teeth when she jumps down from a high object and her front legs absorb the shock from the landing, causing her head to lower and hit the ground.
However, you can protect your pet from this type of pain. Other than the fractures caused by FORLs in cats, most tooth fractures in pets can be prevented by:
- Avoiding toys and treats that are too hard for you to bend, like animal antlers, bones, and even synthetic bones
- Ensuring your pet has a veterinary oral exam at least once per year
- Limiting games of fetch with hard items
We want to make sure that your pet’s total oral care is taken care of properly, and that includes dental cleaning and preventing them from fractures. Our goal is to see your pets live long and healthy lives by providing complete care for all of your pets’ dental needs. We are able to diagnose and treat most oral problems and help return your pet to the best possible health. We also place emphasis on yearly dental examinations and cleanings to maintain good health in order to prevent problems.