Regular professional teeth cleaning is important in maintaining Your Pal's teeth and health. Dental problems, if left untreated, can lead to systemic problems with Your Pal's kidneys, heart, and liver.
Common signs of dental problems include:
- Loss of appetite or difficulty eating
- Bad breath - one of the first signs of dental disease
- Red, swollen and/or bleeding gums
- Yellow-brownish tartar on the teeth or near the gum line
- Pain or bleeding when Your Pal eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
- Loose, missing teeth or broken teeth
- Cats stop grooming
Veterinary dentistry differs from when we have our teeth cleaned. Caring for our teeth and gums has been part of our daily routine for as long as we can remember. Consequently, a person's visit to the dentist for teeth cleaning is short and does not require sedation. Veterinary dentistry is considerably more involved, time-consuming and complex. Cleaning Your Pal's teeth requires general anesthesia and the skills of several people, from veterinarians to veterinarian technicians. We use modern and safe ultrasound to clean each tooth thoroughly above and below the gum line. Dental technicians polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup. Fluoride treatments help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity. Any needed tooth extractions are done with your prior consent by our veterinarians. Your dog or cat goes home on antibiotics and pain medication if needed.
Please be aware of advertised dental procedures done without anesthesia and done by hand. It is now against the law in California because of the severe risk to dogs and cats. It is very dangerous for your dog or cat and is most likely performed by an unlicensed individual. The hand scraping creates scratches in the non-replaceable enamel of the teeth giving bacteria a home to create cavities. All the tartar and bacteria scraped off goes into the dog or cat's mouth and is either digested or inhaled. This can cause serious infections in the heart, lung, kidney, and other organs.
What You Can Do To Prevent Dental Disease in Your Pal:
Yearly examinations for younger pets and twice yearly examinations for pets over the age of 8.
Feed a good, healthy diet to Your Pal
Start puppies and kittens on a routine of brushing their teeth. This keeps Your Pal feeling comfortable, and prevents tartar build up, infected gums, and the possibility of teeth extractions
Choose safe treats that can help keep tartar off of teeth. Toys are best that can bend in your hand Watch Your Pal when he or she is chewing on a new toy for any signs of discomfort
Please call Your Pals Pet Hospital or email us with any questions or concerns