Dental care and your pet

Just like humans, pets’ teeth need looking after too! The health of their teeth and gum's has a significant impact on their overall quality of life. Imagine how your mouth would feel, and smell, if you never brushed your teeth. Imagine having a really bad toothache and not being able to tell anyone about it!

Dental disease begins with a build up of bacteria in your pet’s mouth. Bacteria, combined with saliva and food debris, can cause plaque to accumulate on the tooth. As calcium salts are deposited, plaque turns to tartar (brown or yellow material starting near the gum line of the tooth). Without proper preventive or therapeutic care, plaque and tartar build-up leads to periodontal disease, which affects the tissues and structures supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can cause oral pain, tooth loss and even heart or kidney problems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Common signs of dental disease, in order of severity, include:

  • Yellow-brown tartar around the gumline

  • Inflamed, red gums

  • Bad breath

  • Change in eating or chewing habits (especially in cats)

  • Pawing at the face or mouth

  • Excessive drooling

  • Pain or bleeding when you touch the gums or mouth

If your pet is showing any of these signs of dental disease please book an appointment to see one of our veterinarians.  Early assessment and action can save your pet’s teeth!

Our dental services include routine scale and polishing with our ultrasonic scaler as well as extractions and dental X-rays.