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Gingivitis

Description: Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gingiva, or gums, caused by tartar buildup. It is a mild form of periodontal disease. Gingivitis has also been associated with resorptive lesions and retrovirus infections such as the feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).

What to Watch For: Signs include redness of the gums, pain, infection, and bad breath. If left untreated, teeth can eventually fall out.

Treatment: In mild cases, gingivitis can be treated with a mouth rinse, but without treatment it can progress to more severe afflictions such as periodontal disease or stomatitis. The best way to prevent this condition is to provide proper and regular dental care for your pet.

Breeds prone to Gingivitis include:

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