Teeth and veterinary dental care.
Periodontal disease is one of the most common problems seen in veterinary practices
Dogs and cats both suffer from dental problems, this occurs when bacteria from the mouth, settles on the teeth and forms a substance called plaque. The plaque builds up and under the gum tissue causing infection. Toxins build up damaging the periodontal tissues, which can decrease the attachment of the tooth causing teeth to become loose. The bacteria also causes inflammation of the gingiva (red sore bleeding gums), the bacteria can enter the blood stream and cause your pet to become ill.
Canine Periodontal Disease
Once in the bloodstream the bacteria will be filtered through organs such as liver and the kidneys. This can cause microabscesses on these organs leading to decreased function over time. Bacteria can affect the heart tissue causing endocarditis.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Bad breath
- Sensitivity around the mouth
- Bleeding, inflamed or receeding gums
- Pawing at the mouth or rubbing the mouth on furniture
- Loose or missing teeth
- Difficulty eating
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach upsets
Dentistry is performed under general anesthesia and the tartar is removed both above and below the gumline, with handheld and ultrasonic scalers. The teeth are then polished to remove microscopic scratched that can cause the teeth to develop tartar and plaque build up more rapidly.
Once your pets teeth are cleaned it is important to try and help keep the teeth clean at home, we understand that some pets are difficult and there are various ways of dealing with teeth cleaning.
Home Oral Care:
- Cleaning with toothbrush or fingerbrush
- Veterinary specific toothpaste
- Hills Prescription Diet TD for dogs or cats
- CET Chews
- Oravet sealant
Part of our services are digital dental radiographs.