WARNING

You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

Close [x]

(915)351-1910

The Importance of Dentistry

What is periodontal disease?
Over 85% of dogs and cats have some type of periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease simply means that the gums and bone that hold the teeth in place are being destroyed by oral bacteria.  This preventable disease is the number one diagnosed disease in our pets, yet many animals suffer needlessly.  Periodontal disease begins with gingivitis, or inflammation of the gum tissue, which is caused by plaque.  Plaque is a mixture of saliva, bacteria, glycoproteins and sugars that adhere to the tooth surface.  Within minutes after a cleaning, a thin layer of plaque has adhered to the teeth.  Eventually this hardens to become calculus or tartar.  Calculus by itself is nonpathogenic - it does not cause disease.  However, it does create a rough surface for more plaque to adhere to, and pushes the gums away from the teeth, which increases surface area for more plaque to adhere.  Eventually, the supporting structures of the tooth (bone, tissue, periodontal ligament) are destroyed and the tooth becomes mobile and will either fall out on its own or need to be extracted.  Signs of periodontal disease are bad breath (halitosis), reluctancy to eat, chewing on one side of the mouth, dropping food, pawing at the face or rubbing the face on the floor, drooling, becoming head shy, and painful mouth/face. 

There are several stages of periodontal disease. How well is your pet doing today ? 

We  recommend the following care for pets:

STEP 1:  Bring your pet in for a dental exam.  Don't wait for his annual checkup if you suspect a problem.

STEP 2:  Begin a dental care regimen at home.  Brushing your pet's teeth daily is very important.  We also recommend using a specially formulated dental rinse, and dental chews and food.  Please ask us if you need instructions on brushing your pet's teeth, or if you have any other questions.  

STEP 3:  Schedule your pets for an annual teeth cleaning with x-rays.  This is also very important and ensures we are catching any disease early enough to treat.  

Periodontal disease and oral bacteria can easily affect other organ systems including the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs and brain.  

Our doctors are ready to address any of your concerns and create an individualized care treatment. We optimize  our communication with pet owners to keep them informed and well educated of any diagnosis, treatment plan or updates on their pets.

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8AM8PM
Tuesday8AM8PM
Wednesday8AM8PM
Thursday8AM8PM
Friday8AM8PM
Saturday8AM8PM
Sunday8AM8PM
Day Morning Afternoon
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8AM 8AM 8AM 8AM 8AM 8AM 8AM
8PM 8PM 8PM 8PM 8PM 8PM 8PM

(Last Exam time is subject to change upon doctor availability and work load) 

Please note: We are closed on some holidays, please refer to our Schedules Tab. 

What can we help you find?