Dental care is essential to extend your cat or dog’s life span and ensure good quality of life. Animals have the same dental innervation as us. So the simple rule is – if you think it might hurt or be uncomfortable in your mouth, it will be in your pet’s mouth too.
Plaque builds up on animal’s teeth, just like it does on our own. Plaque is that ‘furry’ feeling in the morning before you brush your teeth. When plaque is left untouched, it will mineralise into the brown, solid, smelly tartar your may see on some of your pet’s teeth. Some animals are more susceptibe to cavities, tartar or inflammed gums, but all animals benefit from daily dental care at home. During all veterinary health checks, your pet’s teeth will be assessed. We will advise you if your animal needs a simple scale and polish, extractions or just dental home care.
The reality of daily dental care is different for every owner – for some it is brushing their pet’s teeth daily or providing prescription dental biscuits and for others it might be tasty dental chews. Daily home care reduces the frequency professional dental cleaning is required. It is best to begin home care when your puppy or kitten is between 8 and 12 weeks; however, it is never too late. If your pet has any accumulated tartar, it should be removed during a dental scale and polish at the veterinary clinic. You can then start home care to decrease the speed of plaque and tartar accumulating again. Our nurses are more than happy to teach you how to brush your pet’s teeth or discuss dental foods vs chews.
We use the same equipment as human dentists, we have dental radiology and root canals can even be performed in animals if required. Please don’t hesitate to ask us about dental treatment for your animal.For more information download our ‘Frequently asked questions’ about dental care handout.
You can also read about what to expect if your pet has a dental treatment at Greenlane Veterinary Clinic