2 The Green, Thurlby, PE10 0EB
4 Stamford Rd, Market Deeping, PE6 8AB
Periodontal disease is one of the most common conditions we see in practice. By the age of three years, up to 80% of
dogs and 70% of cats have signs of dental problems.
Plaque builds up daily on the surface of the tooth. This calcifies to form a covering on the tooth called tartar. The
plaque and tartar harbour harmful bacteria which make the gum inflamed, causing gingivitis.
Gingivitis is treatable, but if left untreated periodontal disease will progress. The gums will become infected and start
to recede; the surrounding support tissues and bone around the tooth will be lost, resulting in the tooth needing to be
High levels of harmful oral bacteria in periodontal disease can also damage other organs in the body such as the heart,
kidneys and liver. When your pet chews, the bacteria enters the circulatory system through the bleeding gums and
inflamed tissues in the mouth and this can lead to further health problems.
Common signs of periodontal disease;
• Bad breath (halitosis)
• Red inflamed gums
• Brown staining on the teeth
• Pain, discomfort or changes in eating behaviour
• Excessive salivation or dribbling
• Bleeding from the gums or mouth
• Grinding or chattering of the teeth
• Lack of or reduction in self grooming
• Pawing or rubbing at the face
Regular dental health checks will detect any early signs or symptoms of periodontal disease. If a problem is detected
the treatment should be carried out as soon as possible to avoid more costly treatment in the future.
We recommend that your pet should have an annual health check with the veterinary surgeon and a three monthly
dental check with the veterinary nurse. Your pet may show no physical symptoms of having dental disease as it is a
natural instinct to disguise pain.
We will be happy to offer any help and advice to ensure your pet has a happy and healthy smile.