The dedicated dental areas are where we undertake dental work on pets.
This could range from a basic scale and polish, or may include extraction of teeth.
Both branches are well equipped to the same standard with airdrills and polishers as well as ultrasonic scalers.
All dental procedures are carried out under general anaesthetic as it is impossible to scale and polish the inside of your pets mouth while they are awake.
It is estimated that 85% of all adult pets will experience some kind of dental problem during their lives.
Imagine if you had never brushed your teeth, or never visited your dentist? Well for some pets this is reality, and that is when problems can begin.
Plaque build upon teeth can form tartar, which in turn can lead to irritation of the gums and possibly gingivitis.
Signs your pet may have dental problems may include:
- bad breath
- difficulty eating
- unwillingness to groom
- painful mouth
If dental treatment is needed the procedure would be carried out under a general anaesthetic.
A vet would clean all the plaque and tartar from the teeth and then would clean and polish them. This will slow the build up of plaque in the future.
If you are worried about your pet’s teeth or would like some dental advice, contact either of our surgeries for a free dental check with one of our nurses.
So how can you help take care of your pet’s teeth at home more?
- Good diet will help to keep the teeth cleaner and stronger
- Daily brushing of the teeth stops the plaque developing
- Use of other products like dentagen chews to prevent plaque or LEBA 3 to break down tartar are also beneficial
Our staff will advise you on the best options that you have in helping to care for your pets teeth and our nurses run free dental clinics where you can bring your pet in to have their dental health assessed and plan the best way of looking after them.