Dental problems are very common in pets, and painful abscesses and extractions can often be avoided by preventative de-scaling with our ultrasound machine. When teeth are in need of extracting we have a range of specific dental surgical instruments and high-speed drills (very similar to those which you find in your own dentist) to make this process as quick and painless as possible.
Many breeds (Pugs, Poodles, Miniature Schnauzer, Boston Terriers, Jack Russell Terrier, Cocker Spaniel) are predisposed to dental tartar early in their life even if they are on
dental prescription food or are taking dental treats. However, there is one single economic and effective way to prevent tartar build-up. It is routine teeth brushing, this practice is the most effective in preventing dental disease and if we combine the prescription dental food and occasional dental treats we are going to prolong the intervals between dental cleanings. If your pet's teeth are not cleaned on a regular basis many health issues can occur such as bad breath, gingivitis and periodontal disease. This is a result of bacterial and plaque build up on your pet’s teeth and gum. More serious infections may result, which can eventually damage the liver, kidneys, heart and other organs.
If your pet's teeth are not cleaned on a regular basis many health issues can occur such as bad breath, gingivitis and periodontal disease. This is a result of bacterial and plaque build up on your pet’s teeth and gum. More serious infections may result, which can eventually damage the liver, kidneys, heart and other organs. Pets are vulnerable to gum disease and problems with their teeth. About 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats not on a proper dental care program, will suffer from some form of dental disease by the age of two.
How dental disease in pets develops
You should have your pet’s teeth examined in Sherbourne Animal Hospital we have the equipment required to carry out a thorough dental examination, and to clean all teeth without distressing the pet. At Sherbourne Animal Hospital, a complete dental examination includes:
Charting all your pet’s present teeth and evaluating their condition, including the degree of tartar, gingivitis (gum inflammation) and any pockets in the gums around the teeth.
Removal of tartar above your pet’s gumline using a special ultrasonic scaler, just like a dentist uses for your teeth.
Polishing your pet’s teeth using a dental polisher and specialized fine-grade paste.
If certain teeth are so severely affected they cannot be saved, extractions will be necessary.
In some cases, gum surgery is required to close the holes left behind when a tooth is extracted, and dissolvable stitches are used for this procedure.
Once all dental work is completed, your pet may be given an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory injection, the anesthetic gas is turned off, and your pet is allowed to wake up. Pets are generally able to go home on the same day.
Brush your pet’s teeth daily. This is the best form of dental hygiene for the long-term prevention of dental disease. Here are some tips we recommend:
Start when your pet is at a young age so they become used to the process.
Ask us about pet toothbrushes and pet toothpaste.
Do not use human toothpaste formulas, which may be toxic to your pet.
With caution, feed your pet raw and meaty bones. You’ll need to ensure bones are suitable for your pet. Please ask for advice before giving your pet a bone. Some bones may cause harm.
Use enzymatic chews or teeth cleaning biscuits to help keep your pet’s teeth clean.
Provide a constantly refreshed supply of water in a clean bowl. As with humans, when cats are dehydrated their breath will smell. Their sense of smell knows when the water is not fresh.
Regular and frequent attention to your pet’s teeth may avoid the need for a professional dental clean under anesthetic and will also improve your pet’s overall health.