Oh good grief, Watson has gingivitis | NevadaAppeal.com

Oh good grief, Watson has gingivitis

Kathleen Williams-Miller
Fifty is a special-needs nine-year-old Catahoula mix. He is deaf and missing one eye due to a birth defect, but he can see shadows. Fifty has a super sniffer and maneuvers well. He would love to be your only child. If you have room in your heart, please fill it with Fifty. He is waiting to be loved.

Watson here and recently I found out I have gingivitis. OK, that sounds awful but, lots of dogs and cats have the condition. Mom noticed that my gums were bleeding when I was chewing on a stick. She thought I had scraped them with the wood. Boy, was she upset when the truth came out.

Mom’s home treatment was to put hydrogen peroxide with dog toothpaste on a cotton swab and carefully rub it over my gums. It doesn’t hurt and I do like the taste of the toothpaste. They have improved 100 percent and I’m getting my teeth cleaned soon.

Gingivitis is a symptom of periodontal disease, and to avoid it you must brush your teeth very well. I’m not real good about having a toothbrush in my mouth, so a lot of the problem was my attitude. I’ve adjusted my attitude and it is smooth sailing now. I kind-of enjoy it.

Dogs and cats can develop gingivitis, so it’s really a matter of brushing frequently. Veterinarians recommend at least three times a week. Gingivitis develops when plaque builds up on the teeth and isn’t removed.

There are three stages of periodontal disease. Stage one is separation of the gum and tooth. Stage two is characterized by a 25 percent attachment loss, while stage three involves a 25 to 30 percent attachment loss. When you hit stage three, you lose teeth.

Fortunately, I’m not at stage one yet, and thanks to my mom and the veterinarian I won’t be getting there soon. So I guess you could say that it was a close brush with disaster. Learning how to take care of it was something I could sink my teeth into.

— XOXO Watson


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Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer. Contact me, jkwmil@outlook.com.