Dental Disease

Periodontal disease refers to inflammation of the gums and other tissues that support the teeth. Periodontal disease is very common in dogs and cats and some breeds- including many small breed dogs- are more prone to developing severe dental disease than others.

Significant inflammation or infection of the gums can cause oral pain, lead to tooth root abscesses or jaw infections, and in some cases may contribute to systemic illnesses. Some pets develop severe stomatitis (inflammation of the mouth) secondary to certain infections or immune-mediated diseases.