Oral hygiene is probably the most neglected aspect of pet health care. Recent studies estimate that about 90% of pets over 2 years old have significant dental disease.
in the microfissures of the teeth eventually mineralising to form calculus/ tartar. As the plaque and calculus accumulates on the teeth, they cause inflammation of the gums (gingivitis.) If this infection goes unchecked, the supporting structures of the teeth become affected and start to degenerate. This is periodontal disease and is very difficult to cure. Unfortunately, the continuing process of degeneration carries on until deep pockets form. Pus can then accumulate, the gums separate from the teeth and the supporting bone recedes. This is extremely painful and can lead to tooth root abscessation and eventual tooth loss.
Fortunately, caries (cavities) are rare in our pets. However, cats suffer from resorptive lesions in the enamel of their teeth. These lesions can become so deep that the pulp and thus nerve supply of the tooth is exposed. This is obviously painful and extraction of the offending teeth is the only option for treatment.
If you would like some advice on cleaning your pets teeth or have any dental health concerns please book a free dental check with one of our nurses.