Dental disease is a painful but preventable health issue. For most dogs and cats, dental issues progress over time, starting during their first few years of life. If they don't receive proper dental care, the condition will likely worsen. Routine cleanings are beneficial for your dog or cat’s health and your wallet in the long run.
How common is dental disease?
By the age of 2, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease, which is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. Like people, signs commonly associated with more advanced oral disease include:
- Bad breath
- Yellow or brown tartar build-up
- Red or bleeding gums
How does dental disease start?
Food and bacteria combine in the mouth to create plaque on the teeth, which develops into tartar. This can advance where we cannot see - below the gum line - and affect the bone holding the teeth in place. Bacteria can also spread bacteria to other filtering organs in the body, like the lungs, brain, liver, heart valve and kidney, causing serious infection. If you have concerns about your dog or cat’s oral health, please contact us at 905-945-8631.
How do you assess my dog or cat’s dental health?
Our dental patients are anesthetized for us to properly assess their tooth health via dental radiographs and closer examination. This also aids us in scaling and polishing their teeth to remove the tartar that has accumulated without pain and stress. We contact you by phone or text once we have been able to fully assess their dental needs, and let you know if we recommend extraction of any tooth. We are pleased to have such a wide variety of specialized dental instruments, a dental X-ray machine, and a good quality high-speed dental drill, which are all essential tools for proper tooth extraction. Our dental patients are admitted personally by the veterinarian performing the dentistry, and at the end of the day, that same veterinarian will discharge pets to their eager owners, showing them the dental X-rays and clearly explaining the procedures completed. We can easily refer patients to dental specialists when advanced procedures such as root canals, or surgical orthodontics are needed.