1. 80% of dogs (and cats too) have some degree of periodontal disease (infection below the gun line) by the age of two. This is defined as inflammation affecting any of the structures supporting the teeth—the gums, the roots, the bone around the roots or the periodontal ligaments that anchor the roots to the jawbones. You will need dental x-rays to see a lot of it.
2. The same biological processes that happen in our mouths happen in our dogs’ mouths. Namely, a bacterial biofilm coats the surface of the teeth. Left undisturbed this film will calcify, and turn into a cement-hard layer on the teeth. Over time, hundreds of these layers accumulate atop of one another, resulting in the nasty yellow-brown gunk on our dogs’ teeth called plaque. When you see the plaque, think hundreds of layers of bacterial concrete! You can’t just chip that off without it hurting the tooth below, especially if your pet is awake.
3. Plaque is like cement full of bacteria. These bacteria cause inflammation and infection of the gums, gum recession, and bone destruction around the roots of the teeth. Gingivitis and bone loss results in loose teeth. Loose teeth are painful, bone loss is painful, dental disease is painful. You will need dental x-rays to observe bone loss beneath the gum line. It Needs to be treated to keep your pet pain free.
4. Dogs are often very stoic and will not let on that their teeth are causing them pain. If your dog has bad breath and brown teeth come here now for a good mouth exam.
5. Bacteria can enter the bloodstream through inflamed gums and settle somewhere else. Places, where the bacteria love to infect, is the heart, liver, and kidneys. So it doesn’t take much to get a kidney infection when the dog’s mouth is constantly showering the kidney with bacteria.
Call Today to schedule a good oral exam. If you need a dental cleaning then February has a special where you can get full mouth (up to 42) dental x-rays for free as long as it happens in conjunction with a dental cleaning.