Dog Dental Advice
Dental disease can have a range of manifestations from plaque,
inflammation of the gums, to major loss of connective tissue surrounding the
tooth resulting in teeth becoming loose and eventually abscessing and falling
out. Left untreated dental disease can cause anything from pain and discomfort
to heart disease and even cataracts. Pets need some form of dental care to
maintain oral health. Dental care can be as simple as a particular dental diet
to a dental cleaning similar to what you may experience in your dentists chair.
Mild sedation to complete anesthesia protocol will be tailored to your pet's
needs and the severity of the problem. Regular dental care at home including
brushing your pet's teeth and the use of and anti bacterial anti plaque rinse is
very effective in maintaining your pet's health. Just as you enjoy the company
of your pet by your side you should always take the time to care for your pets
Dental disease may be caused by environmental, genetic, and maintenance
factors. Genetics may play a role in your pet's oral health, but even if you pet
was not blessed genetically with good oral health regular visits to the
veterinarian and at home oral maintenance will greatly improve the longevity of
your pets dental health. Environmental factors such as chewing on meat bones or
rocks may actual break and damage the teeth. Requiring dental repair. Older pets
left without regular dental cleaning will gradually develop poor dental health
beginning with outward symptoms of bad breath. And in later stages of dental
disease your pet may actually begin to have difficulty eating or loose teeth.
Maintenance factors such as regular exams, and dental cleanings can prevent and
protect your pet's dental health. Young animals should always receive an oral
exam before six months of age to detect any abnormalities.
The most common symptom of dental disease is a yellowish or greenish
plaque that forms a hard coating on the outside of the teeth. Plaque is
bacterium that forms on the teeth, along the gum line and can cause the gums to
become reddened or inflamed and painful. Dental disease can cause an inability
to eat due to pain and or an abscess that is underneath the tooth. This can
cause the base or "root" of the tooth to become discolored and or loose. Any
pet that has bad breath or decrease in ability to eat as it once had accompanied
by the visual presence of plaque and or broken or missing teeth should be seen
and evaluated by a veterinarian for dental disease.
Dental disease can be detected in many ways. The most common way to
detect dental disease is opening your pet's mouth and looking for the signs. One
of the first indicators of dental disease may be bad breath. Regularly opening
your pet's mouth and checking the condition of his teeth as well as cleaning the
teeth can prevent a small problem for becoming catastrophic. The doctors at All
Animals Clinic have the experience and training to make a more accurate
assessment of your pets' dental status by using techniques of examination and if
The treatment of dental disease is far worse that prevention.
Preventative care for your pet's oral health would include regular visits to the
veterinarian, as well as regular oral hygiene preformed by you at home.
Regularly brushing your pet's teeth can prevent dental disease. The use of anti
bacterial rinse can also help deter the growth of plaque on the teeth. Yearly
scaling of the pet's teeth under sedation is one way to insure your pet will
have minimal dental problems throughout its life. In some cases more radical
intervention must be taken to preserve a pet's health. Dental disease left
untreated may result in unavoidable extractions of teeth that are no longer
viable or because they have become loose are preventing the pet from chewing
without discomfort. Any pet with advanced dental disease may need further care
as dental health affects may systems of the body. We are always happy to
recommended the best care for your pets continued oral health and well-being.
The doctors and staff at All Animals Clinic will be happy to
discuss your pets needs and answer your questions.