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Periodontal Disease: Pre-Grade 1

Oral infection spreads internally to critical organs like the heart, kidneys and liver

Your pet is showing early signs of Periodontal Disease

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.

Pre-Grade 1 Periodontal Disease

Pre-Grade 1 means:

  • Your pet is starting to develop some tartar accumulation on the teeth, but there is not currently any infection.
  • Without preventative home care, it will progress to Periodontal Disease with infection, oral pain, and eventual bone and tooth loss

Treatment Recommendations:

Anesthesia, Dental Cleaning, and Antibiotics are not currently needed.

Home care can significantly slow the progression of the problem and delay the need for these steps.

Home care options include:

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