Not unlike our own teeth, dogs and cats also require daily dental care. Dental disease left untreated can effect major organs, such as the heart, brain and kidneys. This is caused by bacteria crossing into the blood stream via inflammation in the gums.
Most four-legged friends will require a surgical clean or teeth removal at some point to ensure their ongoing health. This will usually include ultrasonic scaling and polishing with specialised dental machinery and surgical removal of both smaller and larger teeth. All our dental procedures are performed under a general anaesthetic.
How can you tell if your pet requires a dental? Bad breath is usually the first indicator. As dental disease becomes more advanced, you may see a build up of yellow crusty material on the teeth, bleeding gums, changes in eating or chewing and even increased drooling. It is rare that pets will vocalise their discomfort, however if you have ever had a tooth ache yourself you can understand just how uncomfortable they would be.
We offer free dental checks by appointment with our veterinarian team. In these appointments, the doctor will examine your pets mouth and recommend dental surgery if required. In addition, an estimate can be provided to you at this visit for a dental procedure if necessary.
Dental disease is graded from 0 to 4, with some pets having a range across this schedule in differing parts of the mouth at the same time.
We have provided a scale of dental disease using photos from our patients to give you an indication on what you might expect in relation to dental grading.