What are the signs of poor oral health?
- Bad breath
- Sensitivity around mouth
- Difficulty eating and chewing food
- Pawing at the mouth
- Loose or missing teeth
- Bleeding, inflamed or receding gums
Pet Dental Care
Dental disease is very common in cats and dogs. Surveys show that after the age of three years, about 85% pets show signs of dental disease. If left unattended these may cause irreversible damage to your pet’s teeth, gums and jawbones. Stopping the build-up of plaque can prevent dental disease.
Plaque harbours bacteria, which can infect gum tissue and the roots of teeth, causing disease and tooth loss. The bacteria can also enter the blood stream and may cause damage to organs. Heart, liver and kidney disease can be associated with these bacteria.
Good Dental care for Dogs and Cats
Brushing your pet’s teeth daily is the best way to stop plaque and tartar build up. Special toothbrushes and flavoured toothpastes, designed for dogs and cats are available.
Diet can be a major factor in the development of plaque and tartar. Soft foods like tinned diets will allow plaque to build up. Biscuit diets tend to reduce this build up slightly.
Scaling and Polishing
Many pets will require treatment under a General Anaesthetic to resolve their dental problems. Under anaesthetic we will remove any loose or broken teeth and also scale and polish the remaining teeth.