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A special tip from Carole

I have tried many natural remedies in the past, but nothing compares to DentaSure (shown below). This was recommended to me by a facebook friend and after only three months, Poppie has pearly white teeth again.

Give it a go, you won't regret it (I usually spray Poppie's toothbrush and brush her teeth immediately after she has eaten). It is pretty economical too, because I still have 3/4 of a bottle of spray left!

DentaSure All-Natural Spray and Gel Combo for Dogs and Cats.

This all-natural oral care combo helps whiten teeth, reverse gingivitis, eliminate bad breath, fight cavities, and remove plaque and calculus.

No harmful alcohol. Contains only Grapefruit seed extract, Grapeseed extract, Propolis, Xanthan gum and Stevia.

All about periodontal grades

How periodontal disease (gum disease) is graded and treated

There are a number of factors used to assess the oral health of dogs and to allocate periodontal grades to each one checked.

These include:

  • The symptoms of gum disease, e.g. the health of the gums.
  • The depth of the pockets between the gum and the teeth (this is measured using a calibrated probe. In a dog with healthy gums the normal depth is 2-3 mm.
  • The x-ray results.
  • The amount and distribution of plaque and calculus.

After assessing these criteria, the severity of periodontal disease present can be determined and a probable outcome or prognosis made.

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Periodontal grades and treatment chart

For ease of understanding where your dog's current dental diagnosis fits, we have prepared the following chart as a general guide to periodontal grades.

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Key to periodontal grades and treatment chart

*Subgingival = under the gum line.
**Gingival sulcus = the "pocket" formed between the tooth and the gum.
***Gingivectomy = surgical removal of gum tissues.

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