Why does your pet need their teeth checked?
Dental disease or periodontal disease is a very common problem for most cats and dogs. In fact 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of the disease before the age of 3 tears old. Untreated dental disease can cause discomfort and pain, as well as permanent loss of teeth and gum tissue.
The veterinarian is your pet’s dentist and we offer free twice yearly dental examinations for all our clients. During this check, the vet will examine your pet’s mouth, teeth, and gums to determine if your pet needs a professional dental clean or some home care instructions to keep your pets mouth healthy.
Dental prophylaxis or ‘dental’ as we like to shorten it – is a procedure including oral assessment under general anaesthesia, diagnosis of the dental disease grade and a treatment plan. After the treatment plan is formed, we then remove the plaque and calculus off the teeth from above and below the gum line using an ultrasonic scaler. If any infected teeth are identified they will be removed if necessary. Once nice and clean the teeth are polished and rinsed.
Once finished we will then develop a home care plan specifically for your pet and how to keep those teeth pearly and white.
If no home dental care is used, tartar will start to build up again on the remaining teeth and further dental work will be required in the future. If we start a management program, your pet’s teeth will stay clean and healthy for much longer.
We recommend waiting for one week post dental to allow the mouth to heal.