As the nights get colder do you have someone snuggling closer to you? Warm and cosy they might be, but does their breath stop you in your tracks?
For most of us, caring for our teeth and gums has been part of our daily routine for as long as we can remember. We know that without that daily attention serious problems with our teeth and gums would eventuate.
So why do we forget our furry friends, they have teeth too?
A common cause of dental disease is plaque and tartar build up that brown-yellowish stain on teeth called periodontal (around the teeth) disease. It starts with reddened gums and deposits along the tooth surface turning to tartar, causing painful gums and can even lead to the loss of teeth. The germs that cause dental disease can lead to infection, and may spread in the blood to the lungs, heart, liver or kidneys.
If tartar is present this needs to be removed to prevent the progression of the disease. As proper cleaning of the teeth requires co-operation from our patients, a general anaesthetic and close monitoring is needed throughout the procedure.
We have recently upgraded our dental unit to a state of the art iM3 GS Deluxe dental system.
The electronic (ultrasonic) scaler is capable of using sub-gingival scaler tips, allowing us to completely remove the plaque and tartar on your pet’s teeth and under the gums.
It also allows for precision oral surgery during extractions and other dental procedures.
Don’t leave your pet to suffer with dental disease. If you notice bad breath, trouble chewing, dribbling, discoloured or broken teeth, inflamed gums or weight loss, come in and talk to us. Like most health issues prevention is much better than cure.