Dentistry

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An important, but often overlooked component of your pet's health is the teeth and gums. Most owners never examine their pet's mouth. Is tartar present? Is redness of the gumline evident? Does your pet have bad breath? If so, a dental procedure may be necessary.

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3. Periodontal disease is a common problem in dogs, particularly the smaller breeds. Periodontal disease is created by bacterial infection under the gumline that leads to loss of bone that supports the teeth and infection of the surrounding tissue. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause oral pain, dysfunction, tooth loss and systemic complications.

Cats are prone to suffering from tooth resorption below the gum line that may not be evident by a routine exam. Studies show that about 28% of domestic cats develop at least one of these painful resorptive lesions during their lifetime.

The cost of our dental procedures includes anesthesia, dental radiographs, a thorough mouth exam under anesthesia and ultrasonic scaling of tartar.

Visit www.petdental.com for more information. You can also find some great information on veterinary dentistry at www.toothvet.ca.