Your pet's dental health is one of the most overlooked and undervalued aspects of their health and well being.
Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats, and is generally preventable. By three years of age, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Unfortunately, other than bad breath, there are few signs of the disease process evident to the owner, and professional dental cleaning and periodontal therapy often comes too late to prevent extensive disease or to save teeth. As a result, dental disease is usually under-treated and may cause multiple health problems. This can include infection and abscessation in the oral cavity, pain, weight loss, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and a reduced life expectancy.
A dental check may highlight the need for cleaning, polishing, tooth extraction or even just a change in diet, and our hospital is fully equipped to offer the dentistry work required. Remember, your pet will look and function better and also live longer with healthy teeth and gums.
Our goal is to prevent serious disease so dental homecare is vital for ongoing health. Tooth brushing is best however if you cannot manage that we have a number of other options which can help.
Dental procedures are performed safely under general anaesthesia, utilising modern techniques and equipment, including dental radiographs.
Dental Diets for Pets
Your vet may recommend special dental food for your pet should they see signs of dental disease. Dental diet food most commonly helps in these ways:
- Reduces plaque and tartar forming. This is usually achieved with ingredients like sodium polyphosphate that can decrease the chance of plaque turning into tartar.
- Cleans the teeth with specialised food consistency and shapes. This can give your pet a tooth brush effect as they eat reducing or cleaning plaque build-up on the teeth of you pet.
- Provided anti-bacterial benefits with ingredients such as lysozyme and lactoferrin. Also, these foods of contain ingredients to give a fresher breath and vitamins which give a boost to the immune system.
Remember, brushing your pet’s teeth remains the best way you can prevent plaque and tartar forming.