Pet Dental Care
How do I know my pet has a dental problem
Some of the warning signs that let you know your pet has a dental problem are:
- Bad breath
- A build of hard brown material on the teeth (tartar, calculus)
- Difficulty eating
- Food dropping from the mouth when eating
- Eating food only on one side of the mouth
- Excessive drooling or salivation
- Abnormal swellings on the face especially just below the eye (malar abscess)
- Crying or yelping when chewing food
- Blood noticed around your pet’s mouth or in the saliva or even in the water bowl
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth or teeth falling out
- Extra teeth noticed in the mouth (retained deciduous teeth)
- Ulceration or redness of the gums
Why it is important to have your pet’s teeth descaled
When tartar builds up on your pet’s teeth, it leads to a bacterial infection of the gums called gingivitis. This allows the bacteria access to the periodontal ligament, which holds the tooth in place. Damage to the periodontal ligament leads to loosening of the teeth. This destructive process is called periodontal disease. The harmful bacteria involved in gingivitis and periodontitis also have access to the bloodstream and can travel around the body causing other serious health problems such as endocarditis (infection of the lining of the heart), kidney disease (glomerulonephritis) and liver disease.
Whenever the vets at All Creatures see tartar on your pet’s teeth they will recommend that you have them descaled and polished. Special chews and toothpaste will not remove tartar once it has formed – it can only be removed by professional descaling.
What’s involved in descaling my pet’s teeth?
Since pets are frightened of the descaling noise, descaling is carried out under a short and light general anaesthetic. The cleaning process also involves water spraying around your pet’s mouth so an endotracheal tube must be placed in your pet’s airway to stop water getting into their windpipe. The descaling process is similar to what the dentist does to our own teeth – it is an ultrasonic descaler that shatters the tartar and sprays away the debris, leaving the teeth in their original white condition. At All Creatures, we also clean thoroughly under your pet’s gums and complete the cleaning process by polishing the teeth thoroughly with a special protective paste.
If your pet has a severe gingivitis or periodontal infection, we will prescribe 7-10 days of antibiotic treatment prior to having the descaling performed to help clear up the infection and reduce the risk of a septic embolism (a serious clot in the blood stream caused by the bacteria). The descaling is a short day procedure – an overnight stay is not required.
What’s in it for me?
You will notice a big difference for the better in your pet’s breath!
Keeping your pet’s teeth clean is one of the positive things you can do for your pet’s long-term health.
Why you should let the vets at All Creatures look after your pet’s teeth
- We have top of the range dental descaling and polishing equipment
- We have a separate dedicated dental suite
- We keep accurate dental charts for your pet’s dental work
- We are experienced in dealing with many dental issues including malar abscesses, retained deciduous teeth, fractured teeth, enamel deficits, dental caries, epulis, fractured jaws, oral tumours, oronasal fistula and feline chronic gingivitis-stomatitis.
- We have dental x-ray facilities and can take intra oral x-rays for identification of broken roots and resorptive lesions
- We can advise on and stock suitable diets to prevent tartar build up
- We stock a large range of dental hygiene products including specialist brushes, pastes, mouth washes, chews and treats.
- Happy pet owners come back and tell us that their pet seems to have a new lease of life since having their periodontal disease treated.
- We have dental instrumentation to cater for all small mammals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets.
- Schedule an annual dental check for your pet – this can often be done at the same time as your pet’s routine vaccination / health check.
- It’s a great way to stop periodontal disease in its tracks EARLY and also to spot oral tumours EARLY.
- Get 10% off your pet’s routine dental care if you are a member of All Creature’s Healthy Pet’s Club.
- Petplan insurance covers most dental issues provided that you have had your pet’s teeth checked annually with the vet.
Above Dirty teeth - tartar (calculus) accumulation with gingivitis and receding gums - this can be quite serious for your pet's overall health leading to kidney disease (glomerulonephritis), liver disease and even heart disease (endocarditis).
Above After professional dental cleaning at All Creatures.......your pet's teeth can look as good as new again and say goodbye to that bad breath. Many pet owners often come back and tell us that their pet is in much better form after their teeth have been cleaned.