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The Dangers of Gingivitis in Pets

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According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show oral disease by the age of three. 

 

When food and germs build up at the gum line and aren't removed, plaque forms, which hardens into tartar. Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease that causes inflammation and irritation of the gums. If it goes untreated, your pet might have to suffer numerous health issues. It’s essential to keep your pet’s dental hygiene a priority because it’s linked to several diseases, including Gingivitis.

 

In this article, we will look at the dangers of Gingivitis in pets: 

 

Tooth Loss and Mouth Infection

If left untreated, the bacteria then erode the supporting structures of the teeth (periodontitis), causing painful tooth loss and infection. Your pet may suffer a lot as this infection is rather painful even after treatment starts. 

 

Leads to Various Diseases 

Gingivitis leads to the progressive inflammation of the supporting structures of the teeth. It causes bad breath, weak teeth, and loss. As a result, bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream and travel to your pet's internal organs, which can cause liver, heart, and kidney problems. 

 

Not only are the mouth and teeth affected, but also the internal organs. Your pet might have to go through surgery if the disease affects the internal organs. 

 

Shorter Lifespan 

Unfortunately, many recent studies claim that persistent and untreated dental diseases might lower your pet’s lifespan by 20-30%. Hence, it’s essential to keep your pet’s oral hygiene healthy and get them routinely checked. 

 

Destruction of Bones 

Pathologic jaw fracture is the ultimate complication in pets arising from gingivitis, especially in dogs and cats. Untreated gum disease can erode bone to the point where even a modest amount of pressure can shatter a small dog's frail jaw.

 

There is no reason to panic if you notice some gingivitis in your pet. The important thing is that you try to detect and fix it early because the condition could lead to more serious matters as it progresses. There are several ways you can prevent this from happening, but throw in the towel at the first sign of trouble and see your veterinarian.

 

The Animal Medical Hospital is the Sanctuary For Your Pets

At The Animal Medical Hospital, your pet will be treated with the same love and respect that we treat our own. We maintain the highest level of quality in veterinary techniques, diagnostics, and medication, so that your pet can have the best possible outcome. If your dog or cat needs a veterinarian in Hempstead, there is no better choice than Animal Medical Hospital.


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