Treating the early signs of dental disease in pets is less expensive for you, less painful and less distressing for your pet, and it can help prevent tooth loss and possible systemic diseases.
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What causes oral disease?
Step 1 - A soft sticky film called plaque forms in the mouth. Plaque consists of food debris, bacteria and saliva.
Step 2 - If plaque is not removed, a hard material called tartar may begin to form. Tartar can irritate the gums and further encourage the growth of plaque.
Step 3 - If both plaque and tartar are allowed to build up, this can lead to gingivitis, causing painful inflammation along the gum line.
Step 4 - Left untreated, gingivitis will eventually lead to periodontal disease, which can cause pain, tooth loss and severe infection. As periodontal disease progresses, the gums recede, allowing bacteria to travel into the bloodstream and throughout the body, which could lead to other serious problems.
Oral health is important to overall health
As with people, dental disease is a vital part of your dog’s overall health plan. Poor oral health can lead to a build-up of harmful bacteria, which can cause tooth decay, painful sores and other issues. As the disease progresses, the gums recede, which allows bacteria to travel into the blood stream and throughout the body. This increases the risk of systemic health problems such as kidney or heart disease.
Stages of disease
Stage 0 – Normal
Healthy Teeth and Gingiva
Early Periodontal Disease
Moderate Periodontal Disease
Severe Periodontal Disease
Stage 0 - Prevent calculus and periodontal disease. Brush daily, dental chews, toy and treats and/or a dental diet.
Stage 1 is the only stage at which dental disease is reversible. Leading veterinary dental specialists recommend treating dental disease at this early stage
FELINE RESORPTIVE LESIONS
Often a small, localised, painful area of inflammation is the first sign. When present on a particular tooth, resorptive lesions are often present in other teeth! UP TO 50% OF CATS ARE AFFECTED BY RESORPTIVE LESIONS
What is Needed for Resorptive Lesions?
Why Treat Now?
- Prevention of more serious and permanent (irreversible) dental disease.
- Prevention of health problems associated with more severe dental disease:
- Mouth Pain. We know that pets feel dental pain in the same way and to the same degree as we do although they may not show symptoms as obviously as we do.
- Infection of gums and jaw bones
- Loss of teeth
- Serious organ diseases: heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, etc.
- Bad breath
- Take advantage of our Low Cost Care Package designed to encourage early dental care treatment which will improve your pet’s quality of life and likely allow your pet to live longer.
1. Your pet is given a thorough physical examination on the day of the procedure.
2. A general anaesthetic is administered.
3. A complete oral and dental examination is then performed including probing all the teeth and completing a dental chart. X-rays may be taken for further assessment.
4. The teeth are thoroughly cleaned using an ultrasonic scaler which removes the harmful bacterial plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line.
5. Extraction of teeth may be required.
6. All the teeth are polished to smooth the surface so preventing plaque from easily forming again.
7. The gums are rinsed with an antiseptic wash to remove any residual debris and speed gum healing.
8. Antibiotics may be required following dental treatment.