The best way to protect your dog against periodontal disease is regular dental visits for checkup, coupled with daily tooth brushing. Professional dental cleaning can remove tartar and plaque which are important predisposing factors of periodontal disease.
The fact is there is no cure once periodontal disease starts destroying the structures surrounding the teeth. Loss of bone and tissues cannot be undone. But steps can be taken to slow down the progression of the problem. Whatever may be the severity of periodontal disease, the first and most important way to address the problem is a professional dental cleaning. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. A thorough examination and cleaning of the teeth and under-the-gum surfaces can only be done when the patient is under general anesthesia.
You veterinarian will give you important instructions on your pet’s home dental care. Daily tooth brushing with an enzymatic toothpaste product for pets is very important. This is one important reason to start introducing brushing to your pet while he is still a puppy. You can also apply some toothpaste to your pet’s teeth and gums on a daily basis, or a topical gel at least once a week. Your vet may also prescribe special food and water additives that can alter the chemistry inside the mouth and slow down the buildup of plaque and tartar. Click this link for Pet Health Tips.