Periodontal (gum) disease is the most common infectious disease in dogs and cats. Eighty-five percent of all pets at the age of three have some level of periodontal disease. Antibiotics cannot control these gum infections because the bacteria live in a protective film in which the drugs cannot penetrate. Thorough dental cleanings under anesthesia are needed to control these infections. In conjunction with the cleanings, we offer advanced periodontal procedures when indicated. We also recommend diligent home care. Brushing at least every other day is the most effective method of plaque control.