Dental disease can be very painful for your loyal companion. Unfortunately, it is the most common disease seen by veterinarians. Dental disease occurs when bacteria, food particles, plaque, and tartar build up on the teeth and goes below the gumline. Detecting the condition early can save your pet’s teeth and prevent them from developing infections and inflammation.
What are signs of dental disease?
Pets will show different signs based on how advanced the disease is. Dental disease begins when bacteria begins to multiply in their mouth; you’ll notice:
- Bad breath
- Yellow or brown coloured teeth
- Loose teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Pawing at their face
- Chewing differently
- Blood on their chew toys
If left untreated, the bacteria will continue to break down your pet’s teeth and gums, leading to gum disease (gingivitis) and tooth loss. To schedule a dental exam for your pet, please call us at 705-322-2661. Our team will examine your pet’s mouth, provide treatment and recommend necessary homecare.
How often should my pet have dental cleanings?
All pets should have a dental cleaning each year. A professional dental cleaning will require anesthesia, so our team will recommend a pre-anesthetic blood test. Performing dental cleanings without anesthesia can be dangerous, ineffective, and stressful for pets. Our team will safely scale your pet’s teeth and remove tartar below the gumline. We also apply fluoride to their teeth which helps strengthen the enamel.
What other ways can I care for my pet’s dental health?
Homecare is necessary to care for your pet’s mouth. In addition to professional dental cleanings, their teeth should be brushed often to remove plaque and prevent tartar. Our team can recommend quality dental products to clean their teeth at home. Our pharmacy carries specially made toothbrushes, flavoured toothpaste, and water additives that can help maintain good oral hygiene.