February is Pet Dental month – make your pet an appointment for a complimentary dental assessment and receive 10% off any dental procedures!
Prevent Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease, which is disease affecting the teeth and gums is very common in dogs and cats. It can affect animals both young and old. Dental care for your pet can prevent the development of periodontal disease. Dental care can prevent tooth loss, sore gums, decrease bad breath, reduce bacterial growth in the mouth, and prevent the migration of the bacteria in the mouth to organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys.
How do I know if my pet has dental problems?
You may notice bad breath, discoloration of the teeth, loss of teeth, or reddened gums (gingivitis). Often, there are no obvious signs to the pet owner. The best way to identify dental disease is a thorough examination by your veterinarian. Your veterinarian may recommend that you initiate some care for your pet at home, or he or she may recommend a dental prophylaxis (cleaning) be done.
What can I do for my pet at home?
Some options include brushing the teeth, special diets, oral (mouth) rinses, and chewable treats. Discuss with your vet or animal health care technician which is best for your pet.
This is a procedure that is done under general anesthetic at the veterinary clinic. Your pet’s health will need to be evaluated prior to the general anesthetic. This initially involves a thorough physical examination. Often the veterinarian will also recommend pre-anesthetic blood testing and intravenous fluids. The procedure itself involves a thorough examination of the mouth. The cleaning of the teeth involves scaling (removing plaque and tartar from the teeth, both above and below the gum line), polishing, and antibacterial rinses. Sometimes a tooth can’t be saved and it needs to be extracted (removed). After the dental cleaning, your pet may require antibiotics if there was evidence of infection in the mouth. Your pet may also need some analgesics (painkillers)