Periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases seen in pets. It is estimated that about 75% of dogs and cats have some degree of periodontal disease by 3 years of age. Regular dental examinations and professional cleanings will help to maintain a healthy mouth. Our goal when treating periodontal disease is to maintain functional teeth in your pet’s mouth whenever possible. When periodontal disease is mild to moderate, root planning with or without periodontal flaps or bone grafting may be used to help save the teeth. Many times, when the periodontal disease is advanced, extractions are necessary. Frequent follow ups and daily homecare are important to maintain the health of the mouth. A listing of effective homecare products can be found on the Veterinary Oral Health Council website.