Pet Dental Care

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Pet Dental Care

 

85% of Adult Pets have Dental Disease!

pet dental care. Dirty teeth may smell bad, look bad and even be painful, but the damage that you don’t see is much worse.
Bacteria from your pets’ infected mouth gets in to their blood circulation. This may eventually leads to bone & joint changes and heart, liver & kidney disease including complete organ failure. Timely pet dental care can help avoid many of these diseases.
If you have ever suffered from a cavity, broken tooth, abscess, or sore gums – you know what an agonizing tooth ache or persistent gum pain feels like. Pets experience the same pain and are very good at hiding it so, unless you look closely you may never even notice. Most pets will continue eating, even hard food, despite severe mouth pain.
Signs of dental pain in pets can be subtle i.e. being head shy, not wanting to play tug-of-war and chewing only on one side. Signs can also be more noticeable i.e. excessive drooling, not eating and severe weight loss.
Professional Pet Dental Care is only a phone call away. Dunedin animal Medical Center Veterinarians have the knowledge, experience and equipment to address your pets’ dental needs.

Pet Teeth Cleaning – How Often

 

Teeth cleaning frequency can depend upon…

  • Breed – Some breeds can have more dental issues than other breeds and need cleaning more frequently
  • Size – Generally smaller pets can have more dental disease and need to have their teeth cleaned more frequently
  • Age – Older pets generally have more dental disease than younger pets therefore, visits to their veterinarian for pet dental care should be more frequent
  • Genetics – Just like humans some individual pets have more dental disease than others of the same breed, size or age

So, there is no standard answer to “how often should my pet’s teeth be cleaned?”

  • Most veterinarians recommend pet teeth cleaning once per year
  • Veterinarians at Dunedin Animal Medical Center recommend that your pet’s teeth are cleaned when needed
  • The question is, how do you know when your pet needs to have their teeth cleaned?
  • Annual and semi-annual examinations include an assessment of your pet’s dental care needs
  • Our Veterinarians discuss your pet’s examination results with you, including teeth cleaning recommendations

The only standard is that your pet needs dental care just like you need dental care. The primary difference is that your pet needs dental care more often because, unlike you, very few brush their teeth twice daily

Over 60% of Dental Disease can only be seen with Dental X-Rays!

Pet Dental X-Rays are essential each time your pet’s teeth are cleaned because;

  • Over 85% of our pets have some form of dental disease and would benefit from frequent pet dental care
  • Over 60% of pet dental disease can only be diagnosed with dental x-rays
  • Dogs and Cats rarely tell you when they have a tooth ache or gum disease

Dental x-rays are included with every teeth cleaning at Dunedin Animal Medical Center

 

Pet Dental X-rays – Can Benefit Your Pet

 

Meet Buster

He came to us because of a loose tooth. You will be amazed at what we found on his dental x-rays… Learn More

Meet Kiara – An 8-year old Italian Greyhound

He came to us just to have his teeth cleaned. Another amazing find on his dental x-rays… Learn More

Normal Dog Dental X-Ray

Normal Dog Dental X-ray - indicates excellent pet dental care

Normal Cat Dental X-Ray

Normal Cat Dental X-ray - - indicates very good pet dental care

Abnormal Dog Dental X-Ray

Abnormal Dog Dental X-ray - - indicates not-so-good pet dental care

The white arrows point to a severe loss of bone and supporting tissue around the tooth root. This bone loss provides a very large space (Dental Pocket) for bacteria to live. If left untreated, the bone and tooth supporting tissue will continue to be lost and may result in the fracturing of this lower jaw (mandible) during normal chewing activities.

Abnormal Cat Dental X-Ray

Abnormal Cat Dental X-ray - - less-than-optimal pet dental care

White arrows indicate a loss of bone attachment for this tooth root. This may be just bone and supporting tissue loss similar to the canine abnormal tooth (left). However in cats an additional disease process must be considered, feline tooth resorption. Feline Tooth Resorption (FTR) is a painful and unfortunately very common condition in pet cats. FTR looks like a cavity where the tooth enamel meets the gum line and is most commonly diagnosed upon oral examination by your veterinarian or with dental x-rays. Some studies indicate that up to 65% of our pet cats will develop one of more FTR’s over their lifetime. Feline tooth Resorption – Learn more

Three Steps to Pet Dental Care Success

Your pet needs dental care – regular, professional care from your Veterinarian at Dunedin Animal Medical Center, as well as care at home from you. The American Veterinary Dental Society recommends that pet owners follow three basic steps:
STEP 1: Take your pet to Dunedin Animal Medical Center for a dental exam. Don’t wait for his annual checkup if you suspect a problem.

STEP 2: Begin a dental care regimen at home (Tooth Brushing – if possible). Our Veterinarians will examine your pets’ mouth and make medically necessary recommendations to keep your pet healthy and happy. One of the most convenient and effective ways to combat oral disease is feeding specially formulated foods proven effective in combating plaque and tarter buildup.
For information on the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) and how specially formulated pet foods can help your pet, Learn more.

STEP 3: Schedule regular veterinary checkups. These are essential in helping your veterinarian at Dunedin Animal Medical Center monitor the progress of your pet’s dental health. Our veterinary health care team can help you schedule the appropriate visits.