Pets have dental disease just like you do!
Many of these problems can be avoided by bringing your pet to your veterinarian for regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings.
Did you know that the most common infectious disease in dogs and cats is periodontal or “gum” disease ?
Regular dental care does more than just keep your pet’s breath fresh and clean. It’s possible to add years to your pet’s life with proper dental care. Dental hygiene can also increase your pet’s health, vitality and wellbeing.
Dental problems, if left untreated, can often lead to larger systemic problems in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart and liver. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop tooth and gum disease by the age of three years (Path to high quality care: Practical tips for improving compliance, 2003).
Some signs of dental problems include:
• Bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
• A yellowish-brown crust of plaque/tartar on the teeth near the gum line
• Red and swollen gums
• Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
• Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
• Loose or missing teeth
What Happens During a Cleaning?
Veterinary dentistry is quite different from the equivalent process in people. For most of us, caring for our teeth and gums has been part of our daily routine for as long as we can remember. Consequently, a person’s visit to the dentist is relatively brief and does not require sedation. In contrast, veterinary dentistry is considerably more involved, time-consuming and complex.
Cleaning a pet’s teeth requires general anaesthesia, and consequently a day of hospitalization. The skills of several people, from veterinarians to veterinary technicians and animal attendants are required for each dental procedure.
At Northside Vet Care, your pet’s dental cleaning begins with a physical examination. This examination is important for evaluating your pet’s general health. After the physical exam, your pet is given an anaesthetic for a safe and pain-free sleep during the dental cleaning.
The first part of dental cleaning requires the removal of tartar. This is done with a hand scaler. Next, an ultrasonic scaler is used to clean above the gumline while a curette cleans and smoothes the teeth under the gumline in the crevice. Then your pet’s teeth are polished and the gums are washed with an anti-bacterial solution to help delay tartar build-up.
GRADE 2 DENTAL
An examination does not always reveal all sources of pain in an animal’s mouth; therefore, we will perform dental mouth radiographs during dental cleaning if required. A dental radiograph will detect disease and tooth decay that can’t be seen by the naked eye especially under the gum.
Extractions and Surgery
In advanced cases of periodontal disease, oral surgery or tooth extractions are required. This requires a large amount of time and in most cases suturing of the gum.
Our dental services include but are not limited to:
- comprehensive oral assessments and periodontal treatment
- prophylactic scale and polishes
- digital dental x-ray facilities
- simple and complex extractions
- assessment and treatment of puppy bite abnormalities
- treatment of oral inflammatory conditions
- height reductions
- treatment of jaw fractures and facial injuries