Your pet doesn’t use his/her mouth to speak words, but their mouths tell us some important medical stories.
Since we opened our animal hospital 35 years ago, one of the processes that has really changed in veterinary medicine is pet dentistry. We carefully assess your pet’s teeth and gums when we are doing an exam. We use this part of the exam for illness prevention and early disease intervention. Good dental health has proven time and again to extend the life span and our pet’s quality of life.
Many pets will not show signs of dental disease even though it can be extremely painful and can cause a number of systemic health problems.
Bacteria from their mouth can enter the blood stream and cause damage to many organs, including the heart, liver and kidneys. Left untreated, dental disease becomes a constant or recurring inflammatory process and can strain your pet’s immune system.
If your pet has other medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism (an under-active thyroid), or Cushing’s disease (overactive adrenal function), there is the potential for an increased incidence of infection and may worsen dental disease. (more…)