Periodontal disease treatment in veterinary dentistry focuses on managing and addressing the inflammatory condition affecting the gums and supporting structures of an animal’s teeth. The treatment aims to control infection, reduce inflammation, and prevent further deterioration of the periodontal tissues. The specific approach may vary depending on the severity and extent of the disease.

The treatment of periodontal disease typically involves a combination of professional dental cleaning (also known as dental prophylaxis) and at-home dental care. During the professional cleaning, the veterinarian will perform scaling to remove plaque and tartar buildup both above and below the gumline. They will also perform root planing to smoothen the tooth roots and remove any diseased tissue.

In more advanced cases, additional procedures may be necessary, such as tooth extractions for severely affected teeth or surgical interventions to address deep periodontal pockets or bone loss. Antibiotics or antimicrobial agents may be prescribed to help combat infection and promote healing.

To maintain oral health and prevent the recurrence of periodontal disease, regular dental care at home is crucial. This includes brushing the animal’s teeth regularly, using veterinary-approved toothpaste and brushes, and providing dental-friendly diets or dental chews.

In some cases, follow-up visits for monitoring and additional treatments may be required to manage periodontal disease effectively. It is essential to work closely with a veterinarian to develop a personalized treatment plan and to ensure proper long-term dental care for the animal’s overall well-being.