Pet Dental Health
Regular professional dental care is imperative to a healthy life, for us and our pets! Thanks to the alkaline nature of their saliva (which encourages the growth of bacteria) and the infrequency of toothbrushing, 7 in 10 cats and 8 in 10 dogs show signs of periodontal disease, or gum disease, by age 3.
Continual accumulation of dental tartar can cause pressure and inflammation of the gum tissue and eventually loosen teeth. Your pet's breath will become malodorous and his or her mouth becomes a source of infection.
Oral infections can affect other organs such as the liver, kidneys, and heart and can lead to major health problems if left untreated. Consequently, regular dental care can not only improve your pet's quality of life, it can actually add years onto their lifespan!
During your pet's regular dental cleaning our veterinary team will:
- Take dental radiographs to look for abscesses, tooth fractures, or any other dental problems that may be difficult to spot with the naked eye.
- Remove obvious plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth
- Gently remove plaque and tartar from below the gumline
- Probe and measure each tooth's periodontal socket to assess periodontal disease
- Polish each tooth's enamel
- Seal the teeth with flouride and a plaque preventative
Jessie before and after professional dental scaling
Check out those pearly whites! Her breath is much fresher, no more gum soreness, and she's not swallowing all that nasty bacteria anymore.