What happens in your pet's mouth, doesn't stay just in their mouth!
Just like in humans, your pet's teeth can get tartar and calculus build up if they are not properly taken care of. This leads to periodontal disease, which can affect not just your pet's mouth but can cause damage to other organs, such as the heart. One of the ways you can maintain your pet's good oral health is to get your pet a dentistry when needed.
These are performed under general anesthetic. Our veterinary technicians use a specialized scaler to scrape the tartar & calculus off your pet's teeth on the crown and roots. This needs to be under general anesthetic due to the sensitivity of scraping off the tartar below the gum line. The majority of pets would definitely not tolerate it while they were awake, so the general anesthetic is for the safety of our staff as well as your pet. After all the tartar is scraped off, the veterinary technician will then polish, just like at a human dentist, to smooth the tooth after the scaler.
While they are under, we can also take dental x-rays to determine the level of periodontal disease occurring below the gum line. Just looking at your pet's teeth, we can only see half of the picture. With dental radiographs, we can see the complete picture of your pets oral health and develop the most appropriate treatment plan.
If you wish for a dental quote, or have any questions regarding our dentistry procedures, please contact us and we would be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.
Good oral health in your pet is key to maintaining your pets health. What occurs in their mouth can affect their whole body. Therefore, if they have bad oral health, it can cause further problems, such as heart issues, or make already present problems worse.
Just like with humans, tartar and calculus can build up on your pets teeth. They start to develop this calculus after a day or two without brushing their teeth. Once it hardens, it becomes very difficult to get off without dental instruments. If it continues to build up, it can cause gum irritation and even go below the gum line onto the roots of the teeth. This irritation allows bacteria to get through and can infect the gums and surround bone, which can cause bone loss. The bacteria can also enter into the bloodstream and can cause problems, such as heart and liver damage.
It is very important to maintain your pets oral health, just like in humans. There are a variety of ways you can do this. There are special dental diets, treats, gels, etc. for you to use at home. The gold standard is for you to brush your pet's teeth every day, however we know that is not feasible for some owners. Have a conversation with one of our veterinarians or veterinary technicians and we can steer you in the right direction to provide your pet with sparkling white teeth.