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What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the tissue surrounding the teeth causing inflammation of the gums, roots and bones of the mouth.

How do you know if your pet has periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease causes red, swollen and tender gums, receding gums, bleeding, pain and bad breath. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss.

The inflammation and infection caused by periodontal disease causes bacteria to be released into the bloodstream. This release of bacteria can cause damage to internal organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys, or may lead to other serious health problems. These infections are usually treatable when caught at an early stage.

MaggieHow can you prevent periodontal disease?

Bring your pet to Hartwood for a dental exam. Your pet’s teeth are examined during routine wellness exams, however if you suspect a problem don’t wait until the next visit.

Begin a dental care program at home. As puppies and kittens, owners can start dental care by getting their pets used to brushing their teeth. However, if you have an older pet now – it’s never too late to start!

Dental Health Food

DH helps to decrease the amount of plaque that bonds to the teeth with the mechanical action of chewing. It’s that simple! One such specially formulated diet is Hill’s T/D, available for dogs and cats.