Just like us humans, our pets need regular dental checkups to help their teeth stay clean and healthy. Whether you've kept your pet up to date with their dental care over the years or you're just learning

about the importance of pet dental health for the first time, our pet care experts are here to work with you and discuss the best dental care plan for your pet.

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Periodontal Disease in Pets

Signs of Periodontal Disease in Pets

Screening for periodontal disease is integral to dental care for cats and dogs. When you schedule a pet dental cleaning or another type of pet dental care with Petfolk, we'll screen for signs of the four stages of periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease symptoms at each stage include:

  • Stage 1: During this stage of periodontal disease, you may notice that your pet's teeth show an accumulation of tartar, and the gums are swollen and red.
  • Stage 2: Plaque and tartar may be more visible at this stage, and bad breath is common. You may also notice your pet’s teeth are losing bone support. 
  • Stage 3: In this stage, up to 50% of the bone that supports the tooth is gone.
  • Stage 4: This is when your pet may experience bone loss of 50% or more. Tartar is very evident to the eye at this stage, and gums are retracted. You may notice that your pet's teeth are damaged, and your vet may talk with you about whether it's necessary to extract teeth.

Early-stage periodontal disease is reversible, and later forms of the disease are treatable. If you notice that your pet has worse-than-normal breath, there’s a good chance that periodontal disease is beginning to take root. Behavioral issues can also occur with periodontal disease, including aggression, chewing differently, an aversion to dental care, and an aversion to having their mouth touched.

Periodontal Disease Prevention

Brushing your pet's teeth is essential to dental care for dogs and cats. If you notice that your pet is experiencing a dental issue, don't put off having it checked out by a vet (even if your pet isn't having any trouble eating). Early detection of dental issues is vital for the treatment of periodontal disease.

You'll also want to chat with your veterinarian about using dental treats for dogs and cats, which can be an effective method of avoiding periodontal disease in pets who are not fans of having their teeth brushed at home.

Reach out to us today to schedule your pet's dental care.

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Our Dental Services

Petfolk offers several dental health services for your dog, puppy, cat, or kitten, including:

  • Dental cleanings
  • Full-mouth digital radiographs
  • Ultrasonic scaling
  • Polish
  • Dental charting
  • Full oral exam
  • Plaque barrier sealant

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often does my pet need a dental exam?

A: It's recommended that you schedule a dental exam for your pet at least once each year. You'll also want to be sure to reach out to your vet if you notice any dental issues that require immediate attention or if your pet sustains a dental injury.

Q: What can I do to support my pet's dental health at home?

A: In addition to scheduling regular dental exams for your pet, you must prioritize their oral care at home. Brushing your pet's teeth regularly and providing treats that support their dental health are smart and simple ways to keep your pet's mouth healthy between dental cleanings.