In February and April we are raising awareness of dental disease and what we can do to prevent it.
Did you know:
- 70% of dogs and 80% cats have some degree of dental disease by the age of 3!
- Bad breath is caused by the bacteria found in plaque and tartar
- Tooth brushing is the best way to remove plaque from your pet’s teeth
- You should never use human toothpaste on pets!
What is dental disease?
Early stage dental disease is called Gingivitis and is caused by a build-up of plaque bacteria around the gum line. Gums will be reddened and may bleed when touched. Swelling of the gum line causes pockets to form which are perfect for plaque bacteria to thrive in.
Advanced stage dental disease is called Periodontitis and is defined by bone loss. The depth of pockets around the gum line increase, and damage to the gum, ligament and bone that usually secure teeth in place becomes permanent. Teeth may become wobbly and eating may become increasingly painful. Pus may be present as tooth roots become infected; infection can spread from the mouth to other organs of the body such as heart, lungs and kidneys.
Free dental check-ups? We will:
- Offer year-round free dental consultations with a nurse.
- Examine your pet’s mouth for signs of dental disease.
- Demonstrate how to brush your pet’s teeth.
- Give impartial nutritional advice.
- Discuss alternatives to tooth-brushing for unwilling pets, such as chews, food additives and specialised diets.
Why pay for a professional dental?
A professional dental treatment under general anaesthetic can remove all tartar from the teeth and under the gum line, to restore good oral health. Painful, diseased teeth can be removed, and healthy teeth can be scaled and polished; causes of bad breath are eliminated and the progression of dental disease is stopped. A professional dental gives you a clean slate, after which tooth brushing, diet change, and dental care alternatives can help to maintain oral health.