Untreated dental issues can spread to other areas of your pet's body causing complications in their heart, kidney, and other important organs. Besides professional dental cleanings, at-home care is essential for maintaining your pet's oral health. With our combined efforts, we can ensure your pet has healthy teeth and gums.
Why do I need to clean my pet's teeth at home?
Tartar can build up between professional cleanings so brushing is the best way to reduce it. Many pets will tolerate daily tooth brushing if done gently and comfortably. You can help facilitate excellent tooth health with the addition of special toys and treats formulated to help strengthen and/or clean teeth and gum. Remember to use a toothbrush and toothpastes specifically designed for your pet. Though it's tempting to use the same products we do on our cats and dogs, products like toothpaste can be harmful to their health. It's also important to regularly examine your pet's mouth for early signs of oral health issues like gum disease. Some of these include bad breath, loss of appetite, vomiting and red, swollen, or bleeding gums.
Some causes of dental disease and discomfort include:
- Plaque build-up
- Periodontal disease
- Tooth loss
- Mouth sores and ulcers
- Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions (FORL)
- Retained baby teeth
- Root/tooth abscesses
When does my pet need professional teeth cleaning?
Dental procedures are recommended for any dog or cat showing dental disease or oral discomfort. Pets are put under general anesthesia for ultrasonic dental scaling, where all teeth are cleaned and polished. If we suspect that your pet may need a tooth removed will can confirm if the tooth is healthy at the time of the procedure, or if it requires to be extracted. In cats, specifically, extractions may be needed in several cases, including advanced-stage gum disease. Advanced periodontal disease can cause loss of viable teeth. Any tooth that is severely affected should be extracted before any damage becomes permanent. To book your pet's dental appointment, please contact us at 604-522-3344.