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Could your pet have Dental Disease?

August 3, 2017

 

Unfortunately, most adult dogs and cats have dental disease. Imagine if you didn’t brush your teeth for days, weeks or months. In fact veterinary research shows that 87% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the time they are three.

 

Signs of dental disease include:

  • Bad breath
  • Build up of yellow or brown tartar on the teeth
  • Redness around the gum-line
  • Loss of gum tissue exposing the underlying roots
  • Excessive salivation

 

How do pets get dental disease?

Dental disease begins when bacteria in the mouth form a substance called plaque that sticks to the surface of the teeth.  Subsequently, minerals in the saliva harden the plaque into tartar, which is firmly attached to the teeth.

The real problem develops as plaque and tartar spread under the gum line. Bacteria under the gum-line set in motion a cycle of damage to the supporting tissues around the tooth, eventually leading to loss of the tooth. This is a painful process for the animal.

 

How can I prevent dental disease in my pet?

If there is visible tartar on your pet’s teeth, then a professional scale and polish will be required to remove this. This is done under general anaesthesia.

Once a professional clean has been performed there are some home care options that can improve your pets overall dental health.

  • Dental diets – These help to mechanically remove plaque when the animal chews on the biscuit (like tooth brushing). They also contain agents that help to trap calcium in the saliva and stop it from fixing onto the plaque. These calcium-binding agents are found in most toothpaste – Dental diet technology provides 25 – 30% scaling and polishing efficiency.
  • Tooth-brushing – brushing your pet’s teeth once-twice daily provides 70% scaling and polishing efficiency.
  • Regular professional scale and polishing. Some animals require this annually, whereas others may only need a professional clean once/twice in their entire lifetime.

 

This month to help support your pets dental health if you mention our e-bulletin, Ad or Facebook post you will receive 10% off your pets surgical dental treatment.