Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect people. It’s actually the most common medical condition affecting adult dogs and cats, too.
The syndrome is caused by infection that undermines the tissues supporting your pet’s teeth. In severe cases, periodontal disease erodes underlying bone and loosens teeth. And because it lurks under the gumline, you can’t see it.
But your veterinarian can, by means of a thorough dental exam and dental cleaning while your pet is under anesthesia. Dental X-rays also highlight bone loss and periodontal pockets.
The good news is that periodontal disease is preventable—if you brush your pet’s teeth daily and schedule regular dental cleanings. So, don’t wait until your pet has bad breath and needs dental extractions before you get on top of periodontal disease.