As many as 70-80% of dogs and cats over 3 years of age will have some dental disease.
Just like human teeth, debris, bacteria and inflammatory cells can build up over time on your pet’s teeth to form plaque. If this isn’t removed the plaque becomes mineralised into the hardened substance known as tartar. This, in turn, can cause inflammation of the gums know as gingivitis, and may lead to periodontitis which can cause loosening of the teeth in their sockets. Ultimately dental disease can leave your pet with a sore, smelly or painful mouth, and cause them to be unwell.
At Sunninghill Veterinary Centre we run a nurse-led clinic called ‘Smilers’ which is free to join and here you can receive advice on how to clean your pet’s teeth and suggestions on the use of dental washes, chews, gels and specialist veterinary diets.
We recommend your pet’s teeth are checked twice a year – if they require treatment the procedure can be carried out during the day under general anaesthetic. During the procedure the tartar is gently removed with special instruments and an ultrasonic descaler. Your pet’s teeth are then checked for chips, any decay and for security within the socket. They will then be polished to smooth scratches and slow down future plaque and tartar build up.
We will advise you as soon as your pet recovers from their anaesthetic and will give you any necessary post-anaesthetic instructions or medication when you collect them.