February is National Pet Dental Health Month, but a veterinarian in Laguna Hills is getting a jump on the issue by stressing to pet owners the importance of treatment of pet dental conditions. Dr. Maged Kerolos of Trinity Pet Hospital focuses on pet dental care to treat gum disease in a manner that allows for faster healing and less discomfort than is possible through traditional surgery.
In a news release, the veterinarian explained that a variety of dental conditions can cause damage or infection to oral tissues, and that proper treatment for these situations may require surgery. He cited oral cancer as a prime example, noting that these types of cancer grow quickly and are potentially fatal if left untreated.
Dr. Kerolos also stated that without regular dog teeth cleaning, canines can fall prey to periodontal disease caused by the buildup of tartar and bacteria underneath the gum line, another situation in which surgery may be required to remove infected tissues. Another condition that may call for surgery, gingival hyperplasia, involves an overgrowth of gum tissue that causes painful chewing. "Gingival hyperplasia is especially common in certain breeds of dogs such as Boxers, Pit Bulls and Bulldogs," Dr. Kerolos said.
"Professional pet dental care is necessary for gum disease treatment," stated Dr. Kerolos. "A veterinary visit in addition to regular at-home dental care for pets will keep teeth and gums healthy. Prevention is the best route when it comes to pet dental care before it causes more serious problems." Regardless of location, dental health is important for every pet in the nation.