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How does dental disease start in your pet?

Periodontal disease begins with the development of plaque on your pet's teeth.

Plaque is a substance that forms when bacteria multiply on the teeth and gums. Plaque mixes with saliva, hardens, and becomes the substances known as tartar and calculus.

Tartar can be easily removed safely and painlessly from your pet’s teeth at the surgery using out ultrasonic de-scaler and then polished.

gingivitis- the next stage in dental disease

If dental disease continues untreated bacteria, plaque, tartar, and calculus irritate the gums, which then become painful, red, and swollen. This stage of dental disease is called gingivitis.

At this stage a course of antibiotics may also be necessary as part of your pet’s dental treatment.

advanced peridontal disease

Eventually inflamed gums separate from the teeth, creating

pockets that can trap more bacteria. These pockets deepen and bacteria may attack the roots of the teeth and the bony tissue of the jaw, causing teeth to loosen, the gums to bleed, mouth odour, and pain when your pet eats.

By this stage the affected teeth are often beyond saving and it is best to remove the diseased teeth and treatment with antibiotics will be needed to allow the gums to heal again

Calculus on teeth


Severe dental disease

WE offer FREE dental examinations

Please ring to make an appointment.

Our nurses are able to advise you on preventative care for your pet’s teeth and gums.

What can I do for my pets teeth?

Click Here to find out more about the DENTAL TREATMENTS which are available at Greenmount vets.

How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth (Canine)- video Dental)

how to care for your pets teeth

What is periodontal disease in our pets?

The majority of dogs and cats that are over 4 years old have a condition in which bacteria attack the soft gum tissues of the mouth.

This condition is called periodontal disease.

Look for the signs of dental disease in your pet. If you see signs of dental disease arrange for a free dental check up at the clinic.

With early intervention the advanced disease can be avoided

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Contact Us

Greenmount Veterinary Clinic
72 Gilford Road,
Portadown, Co Armagh,
BT63 5EG
Tel: 028 38 358525/352640