Dentistry

GIVE YOUR PET A HEALTHY SMILE

Take a look at our personalized dental protocol- Dental At A Glance

SANOS® is for prevention of plaque and tartar in the gingival sulcus, not the visible cosmetic area of the crown.

A single application of SANOS® helps keep the gumline free of plaque for up to six months

Please find more information about SANOS® in the following link: Sanos Brochure

 

Key points about dental disease

 

* Periodontal disease is the number one health problem in small animal patients

*By 2 years of age, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease. Small and toy breed dogs are particularly susceptible.

* Even after teeth are completely cleaned, plaque forms on the tooth surfaces within 24 hours.

*Lack of home care for 1 week can result in gingivitis in some patients; for 3 weeks, in all patients.

* One veterinary study found that pockets become reinfected within 2 weeks of dental cleaning if home care was not performed.

* Research has shown that inflammation persists while the gingiva is exposed to plaque but that inflammation will resolve after plaque removal.

* Dental disease, especially periodontal disease, is the number one cause of oral osteomyelitis – an area of dead, infected bone.

* The size of the oral cavity (and teeth) of animal patients means that periodontal infections likely represent a more severe issue in veterinary patients than in the majority of humans.

* It is critical to note that even gingivitis (i.e., no periodontal loss) can create systemic consequences.

* Avoiding professional cleanings is not good medicine, especially in pets susceptible to the negative effects of bacteremias, such as those with diabetes mellitus, renal/hepatic disease, or heart murmurs/low grade heart disease.

* These patients should undergo professional dental therapy due to the health benefits it provides.

 

The ABCs of Dental Health Care

You and your pet have many things in common – one of which is the need for proper oral hygiene.Without it, your pet could be in pain and you would not know it. Help prevent periodontal disease in your cat or dog by following these ABC’s of Dental Health Care.

Always check your pet’s mouth.Dentistry

  • Blood-tinged drooling
  • Difficulty/eating/reluctance to eat
  • Swelling/Redness of gums
  • Tipping/Tilting the head when eating
  • Refusing to eat hard foods
  • Change in mouth odor

Brush those teeth.

Getting dogs and cats used to having their teeth brushed should ideally be started when they are young. However, there are always ways to make the experience pleasant if you have an adult dog or cat. Be sure to use toothbrushes and toothpastes made especially for pets.

Human toothpaste contains fluoride, which can be toxic in large amounts. Be gentle when brushing, taking care to get the insides and outsides of all teeth. This should be done 2-3 times a week. To get your pet used to it, try using gauze wrapped around your finger and dipped in tuna water for cats and bouillon for dogs.

Check ups by your veterinarian.

Dental care is important to your pet’s overall health. By the time they are three years old, 70% of dogs and cats show signs of gum disease. Too much bacteria in the mouth not only results in bad breath but it can lead to gum disease. The bacteria can also travel throughout the body, causing serious infections in the heart, lungs, kidneys and liver.

Your pet should be examined regularly by your veterinarian. A professional dental cleaning may be needed to eliminate excessive plaque build- up or to extract infected teeth. For pets, these cleanings are considered surgical procedures because they are performed under anesthesia.

Ask us about a dental care regimen that is right for your pet.

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