It is more and more common to see dogs and cats with dental issues. Dogs over 3 years of age have an 80% chance of having some degree of periodontal disease. Almost one third of cats suffer from dental lesions which can cause severe pain and destroy the actual structure of the tooth. You can schedule routine dental checks with your annual health check to ensure your pet’s mouth stays healthy. If your pet shows signs of dental issues, it is important to get it checked as soon as possible to prevent further deterioration.
Symptoms of dental problems
- Red, inflamed gums (gingivitis)
- Excessive drooling
- Loose, worn or broken teeth
- Bad breath
- Problems when eating
- Pain in the oral cavity
One of the most common dental treatments is the removal of hardened plaque build-up (tartar). This can build up on the teeth in a 24 hour period and lead to gingivitis in only 48 hours if not cleared away naturally. If this build-up hardens it forms tartar on the teeth. The bacteria in the plaque can cause inflammation in the mouth and also gum infection. This can penetrate down into the tissue and bone causing teeth to fall out. Periodontal disease can also cause issues to internal organs such as the kidneys, liver and heart if not treated. You can remove plaque at home but tartar would need to be removed in the clinic under anaesthetic. We also do general oral surgery, extractions and dental x-rays as well as detailed oral examinations in the consulting room. Give your pets dental treats in moderation, feed dry food daily and brush their teeth daily with animal toothpaste to prevent the build-up of tartar.