Regular dental care is important to maintaining your pet's teeth and protecting your pet's health. Dental disease is the most common disease affecting pets. By the age of three, the majority of dogs and cats are already suffering from dental disease. If left untreated, dental disease can cause pets to die an average of two years earlier than they could have lived with good dental care.
Of course, we all know that broken or decayed teeth or infected gums are painful for your pet and can lead to feeding or behavior problems. But, many people don't realize that an unhealthy mouth can also lead to an unhealthy body, causing life-threatening infections. Gingivitis and periodontal disease (inflammation and infection of the gums) serves as a source of bacteria that can spread throughout the body causing potentially life threatening infections of the heart or kidneys. Nearly all adult pets who are not receiving regular professional dental cleanings will have some degree of periodontal disease.
How bad does an infected, abscessed or rotting tooth hurt? How painful is it to crunch down on hard food or with swollen, bleeding, tender gums? If our pets could talk, most of them could answer these questions because the vast majority of adult dogs and cats have serious, untreated dental disease.
Dental disease causes:
- Bad breath
- Tooth loss
- Organ damage
- Death when the bacteria from the infected mouth travel to vital organs.
Just like people, cats and dogs need routine dental cleanings and care to protect their teeth, gums and their overall health. In fact, dogs and cats accumulate tartar and calculus much faster than people do so dental disease in pets can progress surprisingly quickly. Dental Care guidelines recommend annual professional dental exams and cleanings for all pets beginning at the age of two for large breed dogs and beginning at the age of one for small dogs and cats.
An oral exam is part of every complete physical exam, so if your pet is due for an exam or vaccinations, come in and we will check your pet's oral health at that time. During the dental exam, the veterinarian will let you know if your pet needs a comprehensive anaesthetized dental assessment, hygiene and treatment visit (AH&T).
During a AH&T your pet is safely anaesthetized while we perform a comprehensive oral examination, take full-mouth dental radiographs, chart, clean and treat any decay or disease to give your pet a healthier, more comfortable mouth.
We will discuss a treatment plan with you, prepare an estimate and schedule needed services. Our staff will also show you how to take care of your pet's teeth at home to keep them their best between professional cleanings.
Keeping your pet's teeth healthy will give your pet a healthier, happier, longer life. As an added bonus, clean teeth improve your pet's breath.