According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 70% of adult cats and 80% of adult dogs show symptoms of oral disease.
Frequent dental care is not only a good standard of care for us as humans, but it is critical for our pets as well. Bad breath, difficulty chewing, or a sore mouth are just some of the clinical signs that could indicate a problem. Over time, bacteria lead to plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth, and the result is bad breath, inflamed gums, and other problems associated with dental disease. It is important to have routine dental assessments of your pet’s teeth in order to plan the best strategies to control, treat and protect them from dental disease.
A dental examine consists of grading your pet’s teeth. This grading scale helps to assess the severity of the dental disease and also allows our veterinarians to plan the best treatment protocol needed. The Dental Grading is from 0 to 4, where teeth scaled at 0 are clean, healthy teeth and gums with no evidence of tartar or plaque. Oral examinations that scale at 4 indicate a significant amount of tartar, plaque, gingivitis and periodontal disease.
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