Diagnosing the Stages of Pet Dental Disease

Checking a cat's teeth.

Dental disease is an extremely common problem for pets. In most instances, it is a health issue that is completely preventable. Some form of pet dental disease, also known as periodontal disease, is present in about 85% of pets by the time they reach age 4. 

Although it is a common issue, many pet owners are oblivious to the problem until the disease has progressed. When periodontal disease is visible to the eye, it is highly likely that the animal is already having pain and potentially bleeding from the gums, which indicates an infection of the mouth. At this point, a pet is much more susceptible to tooth loss and, in extreme cases, bacteria traveling through the bloodstream and negatively affecting internal organs.

At Mobile Pet, M.D., we pay special attention to the dental health of our patients to avoid serious issues before they even begin.