Dental diseases involve more than just bad breath, tooth loss, gum infection and pain. It also has the potential to shorten your pet’s lifespan by spreading dangerous bacteria in the circulation causing serious diseases to the heart, liver, kidneys or lungs.
When there is a build up of bacteria, food particles and saliva on the teeth, plaque is formed. If not removed promptly plaque will calcify into tartar, a yellow-brown material on the teeth. Over time the bacterial infection in tartar can cause irreversible damage to your pet’s teeth and gum. Once tartar has formed, a professional dental clean under general anaesthesia with special ultrasonic scaler is required as they can no longer be dislodged by regular home care.
What does a 'A Dental' mean?
Charting all present teeth and evaluate their condition
Remove all tartar using a professional ultrasonic scaler
Remove all loose teeth and ones with severe periodontal infections
Polish all remaining teeth with dental polisher and specialised fine-grade paste
Following a professional dental clean, your pet mayl be prescribed a course of antibiotic and pain relief medications to go home with. Please also offer your pet soft food only for 3 days post-dental.
How to minimise ongoing dental disease?
Regular home care is the best way to avoid or reduce the need of a dental clean. Below are some ideas:
Brushing teeth daily – just like us! Use special pet toothbrush and toothpaste, and best starting early from a young age
Use special dental diets – we recommend Hill’s T/D to reduce accumulation of tartar
Feed dental treats – dentastix, rawhide chews, etc
Use dental toys, enzymatic chews, mouth rinse etc