Annual teeth cleanings are vitally important for the health of your pets, both to maintain general oral health and to prevent dangerous bacteria from entering the blood system and damaging the kidneys, liver and heart.
If your pet’s teeth look like any of the photographs below, it’s time to make an appointment for teeth cleaning!
Stage I: Gingivitis
Margin of attached gingiva (gum) is inflamed and swollen. Plaque covering teeth. If untreated, heightened risk of irreversible disease. Professional dental cleaning strongly recommended.
Stage II: Early Periodontitis
Entire attached gum is inflamed, swollen. Mouth is painful. Odor noticeable. If untreated, heightened risk of irreversible disease. Professional dental cleaning strongly recommended.
Stage III: Moderate Periodontitis
Cherry red, bleeding. Infection, tartar destroy gum. Pain affects eating, behavior. Bad odor. Early periodontal disease. Professional treatment required.
Stage IV: Advanced Periodontitis
Chronic bacterial infection destroys gum, tooth, bone. Bacteria spreads through body via bloodstream, may damage kidneys, liver, heart. Professional treatment required.