How healthy are your pet's gums?

Did you know that – just as in humans – gum disease is very common in pets as well, with typically 85% of pets over the age of three affected!

A healthy mouth typically has bright white teeth and shrimp pink (or sometimes pigmented) gums.  However plaque bacteria are constantly accumulating on the surface of their teeth and will, in time, lead to inflammation of the gums – a condition called gingivitis.  Affected gums are more reddened in appearance, and these changes may also be associated with localised mineralisation of the plaque to form calculus (tartar).

If gingivitis is allowed to continue unchecked, it will over time progress to periodontitis; where the problem spreads below the gum line, leading to destruction of the tooth supporting structures and eventually resulting in tooth mobility and finally tooth loss.

Unfortunately once a tooth becomes loose, the problem has usually progressed too far to save the tooth.  However if gum problems are identified at an earlier stage, a combination of a Scale and Polish and ongoing home care can make a real difference to your pet’s oral health (and also their breath!)  Please contact us today for further details.