Did you know that up to 50% of pets over three years old are suffering with dental disease? Dental disease is one of the most common problems we see in veterinary practice and like with humans can cause significant pain and suffering. Pets have similar problems with plaque, tartar, gingivitis and periodontal disease as us humans. Poor dental hygiene can lead to bad breath, infection, pain and the loss of teeth. Dental disease is more common in older pets but can occur in younger animals too.
The good news is that it is usually resolved if addressed early with appropriate care. Our philosophy is to focus on preventative care and regular dental check-ups at a health assessment are an important part of this belief system. If our vets spot any indication of dental disease they may recommend a dental treatment such as a scale and polish or if they suspect extractions are necessary they will suggest x-rays to take a look below the gum line.
If you are not sure whether your pet has dental problems, please see the following list of common signs: