Dental disease is the inflammation of teeth and gums caused by the accumulation of plaque.
Plaque generally consists of food particles, saliva and bacteria. The remains of plaque stick to the tooths surface and if not removed it will calcify into tartar. Majority of cats and dogs over the age of three are determined to have so form of dental disease.
MAJOR SIGNS OF DENTAL DISEASE
- Discoloured Teeth
- Loose Teeth
- Bad Breath
- Redness in Gums
- Trouble eating
- Receding gums
HOW DO I PREVENT DENTAL DISEASE?
If your cat or dog is experiencing dental disease, a general dental including scale and polish from your veterinarian is required. This will allow your pets to have a good oral health in which we can impose a plan to prevent future dental disease.
HOW TO ENSURE YOUR PET DOES NOT EXPERIENCE DENTAL DISEASE
Brush Their Teeth.
Using a pet toothbrush accompanied by an appropriate animal toothpaste could be used to maintain a good oral health.
Treats & Chews
A variety of treats like pigs’ noses, ears and trotters, rawhide bones and dentabones encourages the removal of plaque remaining on teeth.
Dental diets for cats and dogs can also assist in preventing dental disease as they are made to keep your pets’ teeth clean whilst meeting their nutritional needs. These diets consist of proteins and ingredients that help to slow the onset of dental disease.
Toys such as the ‘kong’ and ‘gumabone’ can be used to prevent the onset of dental disease by physically removing the build-up of plaque.
Veterinary Dental Treatments
Your aging pets will overtime require dental treatments from veterinarians. These treatments are generally the same as what you experience at your own dentist, but your pet may require general anesthetic when carrying out the treatment of scaling and polishing.