Dental disease is one of the most common diseases seen by vets.
It isn’t very nice for our pets, and they often don’t show any signs until it’s really severe.
The main causes are plaque and tartar, which build up on teeth and make pets’ mouths very sore. The bad news is that plaque and tartar isn’t easy to remove, but the good news is at Alnorthumbria Vets we can remove it by giving pets’ teeth a scale and polish.
Pets are very good at hiding when they’re in pain so it’s important to check their teeth on a regular basis.
You may notice their breath starts to smell or they’re showing one of the following signs: Tartar on teeth; dribbling or drooling; sore mouth or gums; reluctance or difficulty in eating; pawing or rubbing at the mouth/face; bleeding gums.
If you see any of these signs you should book an appointment to see your vet.
If unhealthy teeth are left untreated they can cause a lot of pain. Build up of tartar can cause gums to become inflamed, red and sore. This can develop into more serious dental disease, resulting in tooth loss, abscesses or infection. Some infections can affect other organs. These are often difficult to treat and may cause further complications.
There are several ways you can help to reduce the chances of your pet developing dental disease.
Try feeding a larger proportion of their diet as hard foods, or ask your vet about special diets that can help to clean their teeth.
Tooth brushing is the best prevention, with pet specific toothpaste. Do not use human toothpaste as it contains levels of fluoride that is toxic to pets.
You could also join the Healthy Pet Club and benefit from fixed price dentals.
For more information speak to your vet or visit thehealthypetclub.co.uk