When inspecting the mouth of a healthy pet, you shouldn’t notice any bad breath, reddening, swelling or plaque. Are you ready to try that one at home?
Dental disease, classified in four stages, is classified below:
Since this is the initial stage of dental disease, we usually recommend that pet owners bring in their pets for a clean and polishing treatment to prevent further deterioration.
The second stage becomes aggressive quickly. Due to gingivitis, the gums have already shown signs of infection. At this point, the gums and periodontal ligament are starting to disintegrate, which leaves your pet with the infamous bad breath.
At stage 3, your pet will be experiencing pain and discomfort as the infection leads to bleeding and loose teeth. Unfortunately, at this point treatments aren’t as effective as they would have been in the first two stages as the gums and ligaments are starting to wear down past the point of full recovery.
In the most severe stage, the teeth are so infected that they might start falling out on their own. At this point, you need to schedule immediate removals. You can recognize this stage by exposure of the roots and behavioral changes in your pet as they attempt to cope with the pain.