Just as in humans, periodontal disease is a serious destructive condition that, if left untreated, can spread bacteria to your canine or feline family member’s heart, liver, and kidneys.
Dental disease starts as a bacterial film called plaque that attaches to the teeth. If the plaque is not removed through regular brushing and dental cleanings, it spreads below the gum line causing inflammation of the gums and infection of the root. In the later stages of periodontal disease, the gum tissue surrounding the tooth is destroyed, the infected tooth begins to erode, and eventually falls out. This is a very painful experience for your furry companion and one that is preventable.