Gum disease can lead to discomfort, pain, and even serious health problems in your pet if left untreated. Understanding the causes, signs, and veterinary treatments for gum disease is crucial for your pet’s overall health and well-being. At Methuen Veterinary Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts, we help detect early signs of gum disease and provide prompt treatment to prevent further complications.
Causes of Gum Disease in Pets
Gum disease in pets primarily occurs due to plaque and tartar buildup on its teeth. When plaque accumulates, it can mineralize into tartar and creates a conducive environment for bacteria to thrive. The bacteria can then lead to gum inflammation and cause gingivitis, which is the first stage of gingivitis. If not addressed promptly, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis. As a result, inflammation will extend beneath the gum line and can lead to tooth loss or bone damage.
Signs of Gum Disease
Detecting gum disease in pets can be challenging. However, you may notice bad breath, red or swollen gums, bleeding while chewing or brushing, difficulty eating, and visible tartar buildup. Your cat or dog may also display behavioral changes that indicate oral pain, such as increased irritability or reduced interest in chew toys.
Treatment for Gum Disease
Prompt treatment for gum disease is necessary in preventing the bacteria from leading to tooth loss and impacting other organs in the body. Our veterinarians will conduct a thorough oral examination to assess the severity of your pet’s condition. Based on the results, we might recommend certain treatments to keep your cat or dog’s mouth healthy. Some treatments we may suggest include:
- Professional Dental Cleaning: Pets require professional dental cleanings performed under anesthesia, which are similar to cleanings for humans. Our veterinarians use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar buildup in visible and hidden areas of your pet’s teeth.
- Scaling and Polishing: Scaling is performed during the cleaning process and removes tartar above and below the gum line.
- Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (OHAT): Our veterinarian will evaluate your pet’s overall oral health and check for any signs of advanced periodontal disease, oral tumors, or other issues that might need to be addressed.
Contact us for an Appointment Today
If your pet is exhibiting any symptoms of gum disease, let our team at Methuen Veterinary Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts, help. We can perform a comprehensive dental exam and provide the necessary treatment to keep your cat or dog happy and healthy. To learn about our services or to schedule your appointment, call our office at (978) 685-8031 today.