Neglecting your pet’s oral health may cause discomfort that has a significant impact on their quality of life. Dental care can prevent periodontal disease, which is diagnosed in over 85% of pets. Other dental infections can also cause significant health problems if left untreated. To prevent this from happening, an annual checkup along with basic at-home dental care are recommended.
What kinds of dental care does your clinic provide?
Animal health technicians scale and polish teeth, much like dental hygienists do. The veterinarian then performs a dental examination, which may be supplemented with X-rays. Dental X-rays allow the veterinarian to check for abnormalities, teeth requiring extraction or diseases that can’t be detected by the naked eye. Both the cleaning and examination are performed under general anaesthesia.
How can I reduce tartar build-up on my pet’s teeth?
Daily tooth brushing with a pet-friendly toothpaste is the best way to limit tartar build up. It might seem complicated, but our team can share some tips for quick and easy cleaning that will make it a more pleasant experience for everyone.
Using quality dental food and treats designed for this purpose is another good way to reduce tartar. These foods have a fibre technology that doesn’t break down at the first bite, which helps plaque and tartar removal.
What are the signs of dental problems?
Bad breath, unusual chewing, difficulty eating, excessive drooling, bleeding or reddening of the gums, yellow or brownish deposits on the teeth and obvious mouth pain are all indications that you should consult before the situation worsens.
At what age can I start brushing my pet’s teeth?
Brushing training can begin very early, around 8 to 12 weeks of age, to get your pet used to it. However, brushing should be stopped around 4 to 5 months of age, as their adult teeth come in at that time. Because teething is painful, your pet may associate brushing with the pain it causes.