Did you know dental disease is one of the most common problems seen by our vets?
Dental disease isn't very nice for our pets and they often don't show any noticeable signs until it's really severe! The main causes are two nasty substances called plaque and tartar, which build up on our pets' teeth and makes their mouth very sore.
What if my pet has plaque and tartar? Well, we have some good and bad news about getting rid of it... The bad news is plaque and tartar isn't easy to remove. But the good news is your vet can remove it by giving your pets' teeth a scale and polish, so your pet will be showing off their best smile in no time!
Symptoms of dental disease
Pets are very good at hiding when they're in pain so it's important to check their teeth on a regular basis.
You may notice their breath starts to smell or they're showing one of the following signs of dental disease:
- Tartar on teeth
- Dribbling or drooling
- Sore mouth or gums
- Reluctance or difficulty in eating.
- Pawing or rubbing at the mouth/face
- Bleeding gums
If you see any of these signs you should book an appointment to see your vet.
What happens if dental disease is left untreated?
If unhealthy teeth are left untreated they can cause a lot of pain. Build up of tartar can cause gums to become inflamed, red and sore. Without intervention, this can develop into more serious dental disease resulting in tooth loss, abscesses or infection.
Some infections are so severe they can affect other organs. These types of serious infections are often difficult to treat and may cause further complications.
Prevention of dental disease
As with all disease, prevention is always better than cure. There are several ways you can help reduce the chance of your pet developing dental disease. Try feeding your pet a larger amount of hard foods, or ask your vet about specialist diets that will help clean your pets' teeth.
Like us, the best way to prevent dental disease is a combination of daily tooth brushing using pet safe toothpaste. Don't use human toothpaste as it contains levels of fluoride, which is toxic to our pets! We also recommend twice yearly visits to the vet to check your pet's teeth.
Did you know?
If you’re a member of the Healthy Pet Club one of your pet’s great benefits is a fixed price dental! This includes a dental, scale, polish and minor extractions at a fixed fee of £210 – terms & conditions apply
To take advantage of this excellent saving, call your practice today.
Not a member of the Healthy Pet Club? It’s really easy to join; click here to see if there’s a practice near you, fill in a form and give the practice a call to book an appointment – simple!