The health of their teeth and gum's has a significant impact on their overall quality of life.
Dental disease begins with a build up of bacteria in your pet’s mouth which is most commonly caused by inappropriate and harmful diets including canned, dry and minced so-called 'pet food'. Cats and dogs fed these diets are denied the essential tooth scrubbing and flossing provided by raw meaty bones, and the result? Most pets suffer stinking breath and inflamed gums. Bacteria, combined with saliva and food debris, can cause plaque to accumulate on the tooth. Without intervention and dietary changes, plaque and tartar build-up will lead to periodontal disease, affecting the tissues and structures supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can cause severe oral pain, tooth loss and even heart or kidney problems.
Common signs of dental disease, in order of severity, include:
Yellow-brown tartar around the gumline
Inflamed, red gums
Change in eating or chewing habits (especially in cats)
Pawing at the face or mouth
Pain or bleeding when you touch the gums or mouth
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!
How can I prevent dental disease?
A diet of raw meaty bones is the key to dogs and cats having healthy teeth and gums.
What does a professional dental clean involve?
It is the same as a scale and polish done by a dentist for us. However, unlike us, our pets won’t sit still or open their mouth to allow a comprehensive cleaning of their teeth. For this reason our pets need to have a general anaesthetic for a professional dental clean. Your pet will need to be assessed by one of our veterinarians. The degree of dental disease will be assessed to determine if extractions, antibiotics and anti-inflammatories will be required.
If you have any questions about dental care or professional cleaning please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please note that we perform all surgery at the Bligh Park Pet Health Centre, Rifle Range Road, Bligh Park where we have full surgery, xray and hospital facilities. However pets can be dropped off and picked up from the Richmond clinic. Please discuss your needs with our reception staff. Thank you.