Making the Grade: Stages of Pet Dental Disease

If you are a regular reader, you probably already know how much we at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital  care about dental care for pets. So many animals are affected by dental disease, and addressing it can make a hugely positive impact on the well-being and happiness of our patients.

Many of our clients want to know exactly what we are looking at when we assess a pet’s oral health. Join us in learning a little more about the stages of pet dental disease so that you can do your part to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.

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Good News! Pet Periodontal Disease is Entirely Preventable

Pet periodontal disease can affect pet health and should be treated with a pet dental exam.Pet periodontal disease is the most common diagnosis for adult pets, but it’s not something you simply have to accept. In fact, prevention is fairly simple; you just need consistency, patience, and dedication. As a devoted pet owner, we know you’ve already got each of these in spades, so let’s nip pet periodontal disease in the bud!

The Scope

Pet periodontal disease isn’t something that happens overnight. Indeed, it takes a bit of time for naturally occurring oral bacteria to mix with food particles left behind in the mouth. When combined, they form plaque, a substance that hardens into tartar (calculus). Tartar will eventually begin destroying the gum tissue and bone structures around the teeth.

In the resulting pockets that form, bacteria will spread beneath the gums causing gingivitis (gum inflammation). With the support system of the teeth compromised, decay and tooth loss soon follow. Continue…

Unlock Amazing Pet Oral Health with These Simple Steps

pet oral healthA healthy mouth is truly a healthy body for both pets and people. We (hopefully) brush our teeth every day and visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups, but studies show that our pets aren’t getting the same treatment. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most dogs and cats have some form of periodontal (gum) disease by the time they reach age three. Periodontal disease has been linked to a number of health challenges, including pain, tooth loss, and heart disease.

Preventing and treating gum disease is as crucial to your pet’s overall well-being as proper nutrition and exercise, and can even add years to their life. Your team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is committed to pet oral health, and we are here to help you get started on this important component of pet care.

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Decoding the Pet Dental Exam

pet dental examHave you noticed your pet’s breath lately? Is it less than fresh, so to speak? If so, it is time for a pet dental exam. Bad breath is often the first sign of dental disease, a common but preventable condition in pets.

It is estimated that over 80% of pets over the age of 3 have some form of periodontal disease, whether it’s gingivitis or periodontitis.

Regular dental exams are your first step in evaluating and preventing this disease. But, what exactly is a dental exam, and what does it show?

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Tiny Bites: All About Pet Dental Care

Brushing dogs teethFebruary is National Pet Dental Health Month, and we couldn’t be more excited here at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital! Dental care and health is a cornerstone of overall wellness for both people and pets, and we hope to increase education and awareness of this vitally important health regimen. Continue…

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Pet Dental Care: Why It’s Essential

Brushing dogs teethIs improving your pet’s dental health on your list of new year’s resolutions? If not, it should be! Where once we relied exclusively on bones or hard kibble to keep our pet’s chompers healthy, we now know that daily dental care, pet dental examinations, and teeth cleaning are essential components to your pet’s overall health.

Attending to your pet’s dental and oral hygiene goes a long way in combating numerous diseases that not only affect the gums and teeth but also the organs and systems of the body. Continue…

The Importance of Dental Care for Pets

iStock_000009963933_SmallAccording to the American Veterinary Dental Society, over 70 percent of cats and 80 percent of dogs will have gum disease by the time they are three years of age. Unfortunately, many pet owners don’t understand how important dental care is for our pets.

Just like people, pets develop plaque on their teeth, both on the tooth and below the gum line. Over time, this buildup can lead to tooth decay and dental disease. In extreme cases, it can develop into periodontal disease, which can lead to infections that may affect the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys.

How to Recognize Dental Problems

When you have taken your pet in for his or her yearly check-up, you have probably noticed that your veterinarian looked into your pet’s mouth as part of the exam.  Your veterinarian is looking for signs of dental disease, including: Continue…