Veterinary Practice and Pet Dentist Leipzig

 

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Dr. Cornelia Fricke

VETERINARY PRACTICE & PET DENTIST

Oelhafenstr. 7, Leipzig

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+49 341 4616264

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Periodontal Diseases

PERIODONTITIS IN CATS AND DOGS

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Periodontology and periodontitis

Periodontology is dedicated to the teeth retaining apparatus (periodontium), which is responsible for fixing the teeth in the jaw and their structural stability. If this supporting apparatus becomes inflamed, this is known as periodontitis - a disease that is widespread in dogs and cats.

 

The problem and the solution

Animals develop new plaque on their teeth every day, and the bacteria in this plaque can lead to inflammation of the gums, known as gingivitis. But there is hope: it is possible to reverse this inflammation with a professional dental cleaning by a veterinarian specializing in dentistry.

 

And if nothing is done about it?

Without appropriate treatment, however, the bacteria can penetrate deeper and gradually destroy the periodontium, leading to progressive periodontitis. In addition, the gums can become inflamed, the bone can recede and the teeth can become loose or even fall out as a result. Once this condition has been reached, healing is often no longer possible and in some cases the only remaining option is tooth removal. With severe inflammation in the mouth, there is also a risk that bacteria can also infect vital organs such as the heart and kidneys via the bloodstream.

 

Symptoms of periodontitis

There are a variety of signs that may indicate the presence of periodontitis. If you notice one or more of the following symptoms in your dog or cat, it is highly advisable to consult an experienced dental veterinarian:

  • red gums   
  • strong bad breath   
  • bleeding gums   
  • reluctance to be touched or stroked on the head and face   
  • tiredness caused by pain and a reduced urge to play   
  • loss of appetite, which usually occurs in the advanced stages of the disease

 

Suggestions for prevention and treatment

We recommend that you take care of your pet's dental hygiene on a daily basis and plan a visit to the dentist at least once a year. This is because periodontitis cannot be stopped without dental treatment. Our approach to periodontal treatment includes a careful examination of each tooth using a probe and intraoral dental x-rays to determine the exact diagnosis and discuss the best treatment options.

If we detect gingivitis or the onset of periodontitis, we will use ultrasonic devices and scalers to clean the teeth, smooth the roots and rinse the pockets. We will provide you with detailed recommendations and advise you on how to optimize your pet's oral hygiene at home.

Dog teeth with periodontal diseases before treatment at Pet Dentist Leipzig

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