Periodontal disease is one of the most insidious, expensive and frequently noted problems that we deal with. Although dogs are very stoic about pain in most cases, periodontal infections, tooth fractures, and oral masses are common and preventable sources of major discomfort for your pet.
In addition, periodontal infections are common causes of systemic disease, including a potential cause of elevated liver values, cardiac valvular disease, and recurrent urinary and kidney infections.
In the same way that human preventive dentistry has made it possible for us to have healthy smiles long into our senior years, preventative veterinary dentistry is now able to identify, diagnose and prevent progression of periodontal disease. Much in the same way that annual oral exams and cleanings, coupled with at home preventative care, helps to prevent disease in our own mouths, preventative care for our pets can achieve similar goals as well as save money by preventing the need for oral surgery, extractions, and other costly last resort procedures.