Dental Disease Stinks! The health of your pets teeth is important and is easily forgotten. It’s important to ensure your pets mouth is healthy.
At Snowy Vets we take dental disease very seriously. We are constantly furthering our training in dentistry and have invested in the latest in technology and equipment. This means that we are now able to provide world class treatment for your pet’s teeth.
The health of your pets teeth and gum’s has a significant impact on their overall quality of life. Imagine how your mouth would feel, and smell, if you never brushed your teeth. Imagine having a really bad toothache and not being able to tell anyone about it!
Dental disease begins with a build up of bacteria in your pet’s mouth. Bacteria, combined with saliva and food debris, can cause plaque to accumulate on the tooth. As calcium salts are deposited, plaque turns to tartar (brown or yellow material starting near the gum line of the tooth). Without proper preventive or therapeutic care, plaque and tartar build-up leads to periodontal disease, which affects the tissues and structures supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can cause oral pain, tooth loss and even heart or kidney problems.
Common signs of dental disease include:
- Yellow-brown tartar around the gumline
- Inflamed, red gums
- Bad breath
- Change in eating or chewing habits (especially in cats)
- Pawing at the face or mouth
- Excessive drooling
- Pain or bleeding when you touch the gums or mouth
What can your vet do to improve dental health
- scale and polish to remove plaque and stains
- tooth extraction may sometimes be necessary
- treatments to prevent plaque reforming
- all treatments carried out under general anaesthetic
If your pet is showing any of these signs of dental disease please book an appointment to see one of our veterinarians. Early assessment and action can save your pet’s teeth!
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If your pet has recently had a dental or shows no signs of dental disease here are some tips to Keep your pets teeth clean at home