Most dogs and cats have periodontal disease by 3 years of age. This is a slowly developing disease although some individuals can develop it very fast.
It causes gum recession, loose teeth, gum inflammation, pain, halitosis and in small breed dogs can lead to a broken jaw.
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria. Plaque which is very hard to see on teeth harbours the bacteria. Bacteria are tiny - you cannot see them with the naked eye. Plaque is also not seen with the naked eye. If you eat a whole bunch of candy, after an hour or so your teeth will feel rough. If you scrape that off your teeth the goo that you scrape off is the plaque and that is loaded with bacteria. After 24 to 48 hours the plaque layer becomes a network (matrix) which is very stable. The only way you can remove plaque for teeth is with the mechanical action of brushing it away. Chemicals such as mouthwashs will not remove it...and treats will miss the areas between the teeth and close to the gum line. It is these missed areas that over time lead to the advancement of periodontal disease.
Over time the number of bacteria builds up and they produce toxins (poisons) that make the body to react with inflammation. It is the inflammation that causes the bone loss seen in periodontal disease. With bone loss there is a loss of the supporting structures around the root of the tooth. This is a slow process in some pets and fast in others. It is also something hidden from your sight. This is why X-rays are so important so that the bone can be examined by your veterinarian.
Many people believe that if the crowns of the teeth look white the teeth are healthy. This is not so. For more information please see Non anesthetic Dental Cleaning.
Sign-up using the form or call us at 604-792-2844 today!
|Monday||9am -12pm||2pm - 4:30pm|
|Tuesday||9am -12pm||2pm - 4:30pm|
|Wednesday||9am -12pm||Doctor not in|
|Thursday||9am -12pm||3pm - 4:30pm|
|Friday||9am -12pm||2pm - 4:30pm|
Dr Banyard's Blog
Our new videos:
Weather Alert: We are closed today until further notice due to freezing rain and hazardous driving conditions. Be safe and stay off the roads until driving conditions are no longer hazardous. We apologize of any inconvenience to you and your pets.
In our newest video we tell you what gum recession is and show you a few tips on how to recognize it.
New Video on You Tube:
New Video on You Tube:
This video shows x-rays of the upper right and left molar teeth at the back of the mouth in this dog. These teeth are hidden from view so this is very easily missed by pet owners.
This series of 3 short videos shows what the vet sees in the oral exam. Remember that now all the disease is seen. X-rays are needed to see how severe the problem is.
Do you ever wonder about how often your pet needs to have a professional teeth clean? You are not alone. Here is the answer and reasons why.
New video on You Tube:
This is for people who need a few ideas on how to best start out brushing their pet's teeth. For further information watch Dr Banyard's other videos on you tube, 'Dentistry for Pet Owners 101' and 'Professional teeth clean in a dog: Parts 1 to 7'.
24/7 emergency service is very costly to MediCare and no less costly to veterinarians. The following Emergency clinics are best equipped for your pet's emergency needs. For after hour emergency service please call:
1. Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley
Hours: Open 24/7
#306-6325 204th Street,
Langley, B.C. Canada V2Y 3B3
2. Abbotsford Valley Animal Emergency Clinic
Hours: Monday to Saturday 5pm to 8:00 am, Sunday and weekends 24hours
Meet The Doctor