Pet Dental FAQ
How common is dental disease in pets?
- 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age three.
- Oral disease is the most frequent diagnosed health problem in pets.
What are the signs of dental disease?
- Persistent badbreadth.
- Yellow brown crust or tartar around the gum line.
- Red, bleeding or receded gums.
- difficulty eating.
- Loose teeth.
Isn't bad breadth in pets "just natural?"
- Bad breadth in pets is most often caused by bacteria which are responsible for a gum infection.
- Gum disease can cause pets pain and serious dental problems later in life.
How can i prevent dental disease in my pet?
- We recommend daily brushing with a tooth paste specifically formulated for pets.
- This process must be started early to ensure your pet will accept brushing!
- Another option is a newly available gel and liquid formulation controls tarter and gum disease without brushing. Our receptionists will be happy to discuss these remarkable products with you!
What is better, canned or dry food?
- Studies have shown that hard kibble is better at keeping plaque from accumulating on the teeth.
- A Special food is available which is proven to help reduce plaque and tarter. A member of our Health Care Team can provide you with more information.
What are the benefits of a professional dental cleaning by my veterinarian?
- Many pets have such serious gingivitis, tartar and periodontal disease that they can only be improved by a professional dental exam, scale and polish.
- Under a general anesthetic , we thoroughly clean away the stain and tartar from above and below the gum line.
- The restores your pets teeth to a clean and healthful condition, and remove the bacteria causing the infection.
Are there additional benefits?
- Absolutely! The harmful bacteria involved in periodontal disease are ar a risk to enter the blood stream, causing distant infection.
- Premature heart, liver and kidney failure have been associated with rotten teeth.