Gingivitis

7 Mar 2019

You’ve heard the phrase “dog breath” and it isn’t funny when Fido rushes in for a full on face lick and leaves a trail of warm, wet and positively stinky slime on your face.  This is a sure sign that perhaps the oral health of your pet isn’t quite what it should be.

When your cat or dog eats, bacteria, along with food, saliva and other particles, forms a sticky film called “plaque” over the surfaces of the teeth and gums.  Just as with humans, if plaque is not removed, over time it becomes tartar which irritates the gums causing gingivitis.

Gingivitis (reddening of the gums) can initially be very subtle, making gums more likely to bleed.  It can occur as quickly as 48 hours after cleaning when plaque formation will have begun. Dog Teeth Right BeforeDog Teeth Right After

Mild gingivitis does not affect the tooth root and brushing the teeth on a daily basis easily reverses most cases.

Moderate gingivitis is also very common. If plaque is allowed to form on the teeth then the gingiva will become more inflamed as time progresses.

Severe gingivitis can be very painful for both cats and dogs and can cause other health issues for your pet.

It is estimated that upto 85% of cats age three and over and 90% of dogs have some form of dental disease.  This is not only painful for your pet but can lead to other health issues so the best way to manage it is through prevention.

There are many ways in which you can, as an owner, incorporate a dental hygiene routine for your pet to reduce their risk of dental disease.  There are products available to help reduce the build up of plaque and with regular dental cleaning, your pet’s teeth should stay healthier for longer.  To find out more, take advantage of a complimentary dental consultation for advice and guidance.