The condition of your pet’s mouth can have a significant impact on their overall health and well being. 80% of cats and dogs over 3 years of age are affected by periodontal disease. Left untreated it can lead to severe dental disease ultimately requiring dental surgery and tooth extraction. In some cases severe periodontal disease can cause organ dysfunction.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Caused by the bacteria in plaque it damages the structures that hold a tooth in place, affecting the gums and bone. It can cause pain and discomfort for your pets when they are eating. It’s also the most common clinical condition affecting adult pets and is almost entirely preventable!
Home Dental Care
The most effective way to avoid periodontal disease is to brush your pet’s teeth, for the exact same reasons we brush our own. Controlling the bacteria in their mouth with daily brushing can really make a difference, especially when started from a young age. The good news is our team can help. Our excellent nursing team can offer advice on home dental care practices and techniques.
They’ll even provide a tooth brushing demonstration! There are a range of different products designed especially with your pets in mind and our nurses will advise on the best products available for your pets requirements.
Our vets routinely examine your pets mouth when they come in for vaccination and its often here that they’ll note any changes.
If dental treatment is recommended, you will be advised of the best course of action. In some cases, to descale and polish the teeth may be enough, followed by regular brushing at home to help avoid further deterioration however, it is not uncommon for the need to extract diseased teeth.
A general anaesthetic is required, whether it be a descale and polish or extractions and your pets treatment will be tailored according to their requirements.
If you have any questions about dental health for your pet please ask one of our team, who will be happy to advise you. We can also provide leaflets and information sheets about dental care.
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