Periodic check-ups and dental cleanings are the best means of keeping your pet's teeth healthy. Tartar build up can lead to gum inflammation and the loss of bone structure. Without treatment, this will cause your pet's teeth to loosen and eventually fall out.
Infected gums and abscessed teeth are also sources of potential infection to other parts of your pet's body. For example, bacteria can enter the blood stream and damage the heart and other organs. A bad odor from your pet's mouth is a good indication that your pet's teeth need to be cleaned.
We start our cleanings by taking x-rays of the teeth to look for any hidden problems with the roots. We do a deep cleaning, just like at your dentists office, and remove any diseased or problematic teeth. We then polish the teeth and apply a sealer called Ora Vet. There are several products that you can use after your pet's teeth are cleaned to help protect your furry ones' teeth. Our initial application of OraVet helps provide a barrier to protect your pet's teeth and gums from plaque and calculus buildup due to bacteria. Then one of the following items should be used depending on the doctor recommendation.
We recommended brushing and using a oral hygiene product to maintain the health of your pets mouth. Some products we carry in our clinic and recommend using are:
- Plaqueclnz is a product that comes as a gel, wipe or spray that you apply to the teeth for maintenance of tartar. This product helps keep your pet's breath fresh and mouth healthy.
- PlaqueOff treats and powder. Is a seaweed based product that changes the enzymes in the pet's saliva so plaque and calculus do not stick on the teeth.
- OraVet is a once daily chew that helps to prevent bacterial attachment and reduce the build up of plaque and calculus.
- CET Hextra Chews are a good treat for your pet and good for their teeth. The chews are made out of rawhide strips and have chlorhexidine on it which provides antiseptic activity for up to 24 hours. These chews can be given once a day or even once every other day.
- Science Diet T/D is a prescription diet specific for the teeth. Generally used as a treat, it allows your pet to get a meal and get their teeth brushed without you having to wrestle around. This can be used in conjunction with the other items above at different times. Most places do require you have a prescription for this food so please ask your veterinarian if this food would benefit your pet.
If your pet already has build up, it will most likely take a dental cleaning to start the process of protection. Please give us a call to schedule your appointment and a free estimate. After your appointment you will be able to schedule your pet's dental appointment.