Dental disease starts when plaque – a thin layer of bacteria, accumulates on teeth. When allowed to stay on your pet’s teeth, this plaque can harden into tartar extending from the crown – the visible portion of the tooth, to the root – the portion of the tooth that hides beneath the gumline. When bacteria which resides in plaque and tartar, starts to live under the gum the gum becomes inflamed. This is called gingivitis and is noticeable when the gums become red and inflamed.
Dental disease can affect more than just your pet’s mouth. By harboring bacteria in your pet’s mouth it can cause infections in other organs including the heart, lungs, and kidneys. In order to keep your pet's whole body healthy, we need to keep their teeth and gums healthy!
Be sure to talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s dental health at their annual examination or sooner if you notice any of the signs of dental disease in your dog or cat.
Weekends, Holidays and After-hours we are available 24 hours daily 365 days a year at our location for local service by your veterinary team. Please call our office in case of emergency.
Please note - Weekend, Holiday and After-hour service is offered only to current clientele who have not transferred their files to another facility and whose animals are a patient of our practice that has been examined by one of our doctors in the past 24 months.
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