Pet Dental Care & Scaling
Dental hygiene is a quintessential part of total pet healthcare. Good oral practices involve daily brushing and visiting the vet annually for a dental check and scaling. The consequences of not taking care of your pets’ teeth can be severe and range from periodontal disease (gum disease) to tooth root abscess to organ failure (from spread of bacteria from mouth to vital organs like heart, liver and kidneys).
It is a well documented fact that poor oral health is linked to an increased incidence of multi-organ failure in humans and pets.
In Pawsitive Pet Animal clinic, pets receive a proper oral and general check which involves blood tests for pets above 6 years old prior to being anaesthetized for teeth scaling. The procedure is fast but requires your pet to stay in the clinic for a few hours to monitor their recovery from anaesthesia.
Common Signs Of Periodontal Disease:
- To remove plaque build-up/tartar/address any need for extraction of teeth
- Maintain good oral hygiene
- Treatment of secondary dental problems.
- Bad breath/halitosis
- Inappetence/poor appetite
- Pet has difficulty chewing or eating.
- Inability to open/close mouth
- Bleeding/inflamed gums
- Pawing at mouth
- Rapid jaw movements/chattering
Dental Scaling Fact #1: Why it is necessary
To remove plaque build-up/tartar/address any need for extraction of teeth
Maintain good oral hygiene
Treatment of secondary dental problems.
Dental Scaling Fact #2: Why the pet needs to be under general anaesthesia
Kinder and more humane because it eliminates the need for tough restraint, especially when extractions and removing the plaque under the gum line can be painful.
Allows a very thorough cleaning of all teeth, including the gum line.
Allows the vet to check if periodontal pockets are eroded. Intervention can begin at a much earlier stage with proper diagnosis.
Dental Scaling Fact #3: How it is done
The process of cleaning the teeth is very similar to the method used by human dental hygienists. It involves the scaling and removal of any plaque on the teeth, exploration of any tooth root exposure and any wobbly/loose or severely damaged teeth may need to be removed.
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Dental procedures should only be performed at a veterinary practice.
If you think your pet is having dental issue, please contact us for an appointment @ 0108838739 to schedule for a dental assessment.
We also have a range of oral hygiene products so please enquire with our vets or receptionists if you wish to give your pets the complete oral care home treatment.