Veterinary Dental Care in Houston
Happy, Healthy Smiles with The KAAWS Clinic
We love to see your pets smile. Make sure their smile is as healthy as the rest of their body with affordable dental care at The KAAWS Clinic. Our Houston veterinarians provides routine periodontal cleaning services for your cats and dogs with early stages of periodontal disease. This is the most common illness affecting both cats and dogs. If left untreated, periodontal diseases can cause infections and loss of teeth, or even damage to your pet’s jawbone. Make sure that your pet keeps smiling with dental care at The KAAWS Clinic.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease affects the gums and tissue around your pet’s teeth, and can damage your pet’s jaw if left untreated. The cause of this disease is a buildup of plaque, which is a bacterial film that accumulates on the teeth. Plaque in pets is the same as plaque found in humans – so remember to brush your teeth! When the bacteria in plaque dies, it can harden on the teeth, which creates more surfaces for new plaque to cling to and accumulate. In the early stages of periodontal disease, vigorous brushing or encouraging your pets to chew on certain toys or hard foods can dislodge the plaque buildup.
However, if left on the teeth for too long, plaque can spread and accumulate below the gum line where it can cause infection of the tissues surrounding your pet’s teeth. At this stage, professional cleaning is the only way to get rid of the plaque buildup.
The stages of periodontal disease include:
- Stage 1: Gingivitis – Gums along the teeth are inflamed and swollen and plaque covers the teeth.
- Stage 2: Early Periodontitis – All gums are inflamed and swollen. You pet might be experiencing pain and bad breath.
- Stage 3: Moderate Periodontitis – Gums are very red and bleeding, likely being destroyed by infection and tartar. Your pet’s sore mouth may affect their eating and other behaviors. Their breath is smelly.
- Stage 4: Advanced Periodontitis – Bacterial infections destroy the gums, teeth, and bone. Bacteria can spread through the entire body via the blood stream, ultimately damaging the kidneys, liver, and heart.
As you can see from the stages illustrated above, periodontal disease can be extremely serious if left untreated.
Our Houston veterinarians at The KAAWS Clinic can help during the early stages of gingivitis and periodontitis with routine dental cleaning services.
However, if we think your pet’s case is more advanced, we will likely refer you to one of our sister clinics, which have the advanced equipment and expertise to handle severe cases of periodontal disease. Additionally, if your pet is suffering from other conditions that affect their oral health, our sister clinics will be able to help. We thoroughly vet all of our partner clinics so that you can be sure you’re getting the same high standard of care that you’re used to receiving at The KAAWS Clinic.
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