Dentistry

 

Over 85% of all dogs and cats over 3 years of age will have some sign of dental disease.  This is inflammation or infection of the tissues that surround and support the teeth.
 
The first stage of dental disease is called gingivitis. This describes inflammation of the soft tissues and ligaments around a tooth - the gums. As gingivitis progresses, periodontal disease develops - this describes more advanced disease where there is bone loss around the tooth. 
 
Severe periodontal disease can lead to more serious systemic illness in pets – for example bacteria can enter the blood stream and lodge on the valves of the heart causing disease and subsequent damage to cardiac output.  This is why good dental hygiene is important –prevention is better than cure!
 
What causes dental disease?
 
Every time your pet eats, bacteria in the mouth feeding on food remnants cause plaque to build up on the teeth. Within days plaques mineralises to form calculi on the teeth. As calculi age, they create gum pockets and allow bacteria to infect and inflame the gums.
 
Signs of dental disease can include bad breath, drooling, decreased appetite, red or bleeding gums and stained teeth.
 
Our vet clinic offers free dental checks as part of your pet care appointments. When you bring your pet in, we will check their teeth and discuss dental care options. These might include special diet, dental chews and even teeth brushing. 
 
Our aim is to find a solution that works for you and your pet. We will grade the severity of any evident dental disease, and discuss any treatment required and theassociated fees.