Why Dental Checks Are Important
Did you know that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over three years of age have some form of dental disease? Dental disease can not only be painful and uncomfortable for pets, but the procedure to clean and remove teeth becomes more complicated and often more costly to treat the longer it is left untreated. Just as you look after your teeth to prevent plaque and dental disease, you must also care for your pet’s teeth too!
What is dental disease?
Dental disease or periodontal disease is caused by bacterial infection that builds up in a substance called plaque. Plaque is made up of food particles and saliva. It sticks to the tooth surface above and below the gum line and if not removed will calcify into tartar. Over time the infection in tartar causes irreversible changes to occur which include the destruction of supportive tissues and bone, resulting in sore red gums, bad breath, and the loosening of teeth.
How do you know if your pet has dental disease?
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Bleeding or redness of the gums
- Discoloured or plaque build-up on teeth
- Receding gums
- Reluctance to chew or eat
- Pawing of the mouth
How do you treat dental disease?
Treating dental disease involves thorough scaling and flushing to remove tartar, plaque and infection from above and below the gum line. The teeth are then polished to help reduce future plaque build-up. Any loose or badly infected teeth will need to be removed. These procedures are carried out under a general anaesthetic for the safety of your pet and our team. Local anaesthetic and pain relief are given as necessary.
During our Dental Month promotion, you can book your pet in for a FREE dental check and receive a 10% discount if they require a dental procedure.!
Plus – by booking your free dental check and discounted procedure before 31 August, you will go in the draw to win one of five pre-paid Visa gift cards*
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