Periodontal disease is the most common infectious disease of adult
dogs. It is a progressive, cyclical inflammatory disease of the
supporting structures of the teeth and is the main cause of dental
disease and early tooth loss in dogs and cats. It affects over 87%
of dogs and 70% of cats over three years of age.
By the end of this chapter you should be able to:
the aetiopathogenesis of periodontal disease
the significance of untreated periodontal disease on both the mouth
and body organs
and prevent common periodontal problems
the different pocket types that may present and select appropriate
treatment for them.