Dental Care

Most animals will not complain if they are experiencing oral pain; but we do know that they do feel pain. Just like we do, they just hide it. Look for the signals of dental disease, your pet isn’t as willing to eat kibble, chewing on one side of the mouth or drooling excessively Flip up your pet’s lip, is there discolouration or a bad odour?

Research shows that oral health can affect overall health. Pets with severe tartar and gingivitis are exposed to a constant shower of bacteria into the body, which over time can have an effect on the heart, kidney, liver or other organs in the body.

The best way to keep the mouth clean is with daily brushing, however brushing will not remove the cement-like tartar that has already accumulated on the teeth. In order to remove this tartar, we perform a “dental prophylaxis”. A professional dental prophylaxis includes:

  • A complete oral examination under a general anesthetic
  • Probing and charting of each individual tooth
  • Dental radiographs
  • Complete scaling of all dental tartar above and below the gum line
  • Polishing of all teeth
  • Fluoride gel treatment
  • Dental extractions when necessary 

Did you know that up to 80% of pets over the age of two have some degree of dental disease?

Dental disease can include any of the following:

  • Plaque
  • Tartar
  • Gingivitis (inflamed gums)
  • Periodontal disease (loss of gum and bone)
  • Loss of teeth
  • Foul odor from the mouth
  • Tooth fracture
  • Tooth root abscesses

Once the teeth have been professionally cleaned, your veterinarian will guide you with a home care program to help you keep those teeth clean and in good health. Certain diets as well as water additives can be very helpful in a prevention program.

In 2012, we constructed a new dental suite at Walden Animal Hospital in order to accommodate new techniques as well as new technologies for diagnosis and treatment.

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