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Humans are not the only ones who can suffer from periodontal disease and other dental issues - pets can suffer, too. The simplest way to avoid dental problems is with regular pet dental checkups and maintenance, one of the many services offered at Fairview Hospital for Animals. Our veterinarians in Decatur have been serving the needs of pets in the Macon, Forsyth, Blue Mound, Mount Zion and Boody for decades, from emergency vet care to routine animal hospital checkups. One of those needs is teeth cleaning for dogs, cat dental and canine dental services.
More than 85 percent of dogs and cats have some type of periodontal disease, caused by oral bacteria eating away at the gums and bones that secure the teeth. Symptoms of periodontal disease include bad breath, a pet being reluctant to eat or chewing on one side of the mouth, pawing at the face or rubbing the face on the floor, drooling or dropping food, becoming head shy or exhibiting other signs of a painful mouth and face. The disease does not contain itself to the teeth. Oral bacteria and periodontal disease can affect the heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, brain and other organ systems.
Periodontal disease may be common, but it is not a given. The disease is 100 percent preventable with proper cat and dog dental care, both at home and at our Decatur veterinarian, before the earliest stage periodontal disease sets in. The first stage is gingivitis, an inflammation of the gum tissue caused by the buildup of plaque, or a mixture of saliva, bacteria, sugars and glycoproteins that stick to the tooth surface. Plaque is tenacious - and quick. Within minutes of a teeth cleaning for dogs and cats, a thin layer of plaque has already started to form. If left on untreated, plaque eventually hardens into calculus or tartar.
Calculus does not cause any diseases on its own, although it does make it easier for plaque to do its job. Calculus creates a rough surface on the teeth and pushes gums away from the teeth, making it easier for plaque to stick and offering more surface area. Calculus and plaque work in tandem to destroy the supporting structures of the tooth, namely the bone, tissue and periodontal ligament that holds the tooth in place. At this stage the tooth will either fall out on its own or require extraction.
Regular cat and canine dental exams at our veterinarian are imperative for pet dental health. Our veterinarian provides annual teeth cleaning for dogs and cats to spot potential diseases when they are early enough to treat. A pet dental regimen at home should include daily brushing, specially formulated dental rinses, dental chews and food. Bring any suspected problems to our animal hospital immediately, before the annual checkup if necessary.
For more information or to make an appointment, please call 217-428-7709 or request an appointment online here.
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I visit Fairview Animal Hospital at least once a week for a few of my fur-babies to receive laser therapy and the ENTIRE staff always shows genuine concern for my babies as well as me. They are always completely honest in the care they believe my pets need and only suggest treatments that they firmly believe would help my babies comfort. I have six dogs and two cats who all have their own issues and they know them all by name, know what their problems are and cater to their individual needs. The best part of this staff, is that every single one of my babies thoroughly enjoys their visits which is most important to me.
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