In order to protect your dog's health, it's important to know what you're up against. These are the most common types of dog dental problems:
As the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs, periodontal disease is unfortunately also the most serious. Studies have shown it is linked to a variety of health problems, including damage to internal organs. Luckily it's one of the most easily preventable.
Tooth root abscess
Advanced periodontal disease or a broken or cracked tooth can lead to a tooth root abscess, which is an infection that develops in the root of the tooth. There are only two treatment options for this painful condition: a root canal or tooth extraction.
Plaque and Tartar
Food and bacteria can accumulate on teeth and this soft substance is called plaque. If plaque is not removed daily it can harden into tartar. Tartar can dig into the gums and cause infection below the gum line that can eventually loosen the roots of the affected teeth. These teeth will have to be extracted.
Bringing your dog in for an annual checkup and cleaning is a vital part of keeping them healthy. During this visit, your dog will be thoroughly checked for any periodontal disease, which includes infection or inflammation of tissues and structures surrounding the teeth.
For minimal stress and discomfort as well as the most optimal evaluation and cleaning, your dog will be under anesthesia and continuously monitored. We’ll perform a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing, and if indicated, we’ll perform full-mouth x-rays to detect deeper problems with the tooth roots.
Check all that apply below and see if your dog is at risk
You have done a great job keeping your dog's teeth healthy.
Keep up the good work; visit your veterinarian once a year for a thorough dental checkup to keep your dog's teeth clear of trouble.
Your dog might be showing signs of periodontal disease.
Visit your veterinarian for a complete oral health examination to find out what's the root of the problem.
FREE DENTAL EVALUATION WITH YOUR NEXT WELLNESS EXAM
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