The American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) reports that 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3. Age 3! This makes it one of the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Since pets hide their disease and pain well, periodontal disease typically does not produce obvious clinical signs to owners until the disease is in advanced stages. Because of this, it is often left untreated. Which is a shame because untreated disease increases the likelihood of the infection moving to other parts of the body potentially causing another serious health problem such as heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and bone loss. Therefore preventative care and awareness are vital in combating this serious disease.
It is important to bring your pet to their annual veterinarian visits for a thorough oral examination. Should periodontal disease be found, the treatment your veterinarian chooses will depend on the severity of the disease. If gingivitis is present, a comprehensive cleaning of the teeth, including above and below the gingival margin is required with further treatment possible.
The good news is that periodontal disease is preventable if caught early!
The AVDS has recommendations to help reduce the risk of oral health disease:
Every dental procedure at the Cat Hospital of Tampa Bay includes digital radiology. This allows us to approach each procedure with a clearer idea of the condition of your pet's oral hygiene, giving your pet the best care possible. Also included is above and below the gum cleaning, flouride treatments, and constant anesthetic monitoring.
Cleaning, polishing and fluoride treatments are performed by our veterinary technicians while under the supervision of the veterinarian. Extractions and any oral surgeries are performed by Dr. Shannon only.
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