Periodontal Disease: Grade 2 Pet Dental Article Provided by Newport Harbor Animal Hospital on POD

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Pet Periodontal Disease: Grade 2

POD / DENTAL DISEASE and Pet Oral infection

Your pet has been diagnosed with Grade 2 Periodontal Disease (POD)

Periodontal disease is a progressive bacterial infection of the teeth roots and bony structures that cradle the teeth.

  • Infection eats away the bone and causes teeth to loosen and eventually fall out
  • The mouth becomes a dangerous source of infection as the bacteria spread through the blood to the internal organs.

Grade 2 Periodontal Disease and POD

Grade 2 POD is defined as:

  • The infection has spread from the gums to the deeper tissues and is starting to destroy the bone around the tooth.
  • The gums are tender and there may be mild pain in the tooth. An odor may be noticeable.
  • The condition is still reversible with regularly scheduled sub-gingival dental cleanings and home care
Treatment Recommendations:

Anesthesia

  • Prevents anxiety or pain and allows access to your pets teeth for treatment
  • The risk with anesthesia is very small compared to the significant risk of infection and internal organ damage that occurs with untreated dental disease.

X-rays

  • To check for bone loss and cracking

Dental Cleaning and Antibiotics

  • removes the built up tartar which is causing the infection
  • clears the infection from your pets gums & bone
  • infection will re-occur and require repeat dental cleanings

Polish the teeth

  • Prevents pitting of the tooth enamel and helps prevent buildup of plaque and tarter.
  • Follow up home care can significantly lengthen the amount of time between dental cleanings

Pet Home care options include:

  • Teeth brushing (video on our website)
  • CET dental chews
  • t/d food