Periodontal disease develops similarly in pets as it does in humans. Over time, plaque builds up on the surface of the teeth and around the gums, which can cause infection. This can irritate the tissue surrounding the gums if plaque continues to accumulate, making it very uncomfortable for your four legged friend. Aside from the discomfort associated with gum disease in pets, it can also be detrimental to their health. Untreated periodontal disease can lead to infection in the bone surrounding the teeth, and over time can become very hard to remove without the use of dental instruments. Fortunately, periodontal disease in pets can be avoided by maintaining good dental hygiene practices and keeping annual checkups with your veterinarian. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (407) 644-4449.
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