Figures published suggest your pet can live up to 20% longer with good dental care
- The crown of the tooth is what we see, but most of the tooth sits under gum as tooth roots in the jaw.
- Did you know dental teeth problems are the most commonly diagnosed condition in pets over 3 years old (8/10 pets affected)?
- Your dogs teeth and gums are 5 times more vulnerable to gum disease compared to ourselves. And they need a high level of care!
- Remember – Sore gums and dental disease is painful
- Poor dental care doesn’t just affect your pet’s their mouth – the bacteria generated by dental disease can enter your pet’s bloodstream and potentially damage their heart, liver or kidneys.
Bad breath is caused by bacteria in your pet’s mouth, which mix with saliva and cause plaque. If this slimey plaque isn’t removed by some form of cleaning, it hardens to form tartar.
Tartar forms if there are 3 – 5 days without cleaning, when plaque sticks onto the tooth surface.
Tartar cant be brushed off, and will loosen the affected tooth. It will fall out! Sometimes the reaction leads to loss of bone density and even jaw fractures.
The trouble is, as tartar hardens, it makes your pet’s gums go red and tartar forces its way between the sore gums and the teeth. Next both the gums and the deeper bony structures of the jaw are affected (so called periodontitis).
THIS IS BAD NEWS! – Teeth loosen and wobble. Pockets form, and your pet may get abscesses under the tooth and around the roots.
Once teeth fall out, the barrier of clean teeth and healthy gums, which keeps bacteria out of the blood is broken. Your pet is at risk of the bacteria hitting the blood stream. And they whizz round to places like joints, kidneys and heart valves.
Remember your pet will have difficulty eating too.
Gingivitis is mild and reversible, but deeper, periodontitis, leads to permanent damage.
Don’t forget healthy, pearly white teeth need looking after too – Tooth enamel can be damaged chewing on tennis balls, stones, bones, and antlers.
Teeth can get warn down really low sometimes that the sensitive central nerves are exposed.
Broken off enamel cant be replaced. And if the inside of the tooth is exposed, that can really hurt.
Cats are a special case and can get erosion to the neck area of their teeth which is an extreme immune reaction and these teeth need extracting to remove the pain.
Spot those Warning Signs
– does your pet have obviously dirty teeth and horrendously bad breath?
– is he painful around his mouth?
– how about drooling and dropping food
– has he been bleeding from his mouth?
– has he stopped eating or lost weight?
– has your cat stopped grooming itself so well?
The best way to remove tartar is to visit a Veterinary Dentist for a proper scale and polish, which can clean away tartar from under the gum line. We want to stop your pet getting advanced gum disease.
So What’s Your Dental Action Plan?
We need to get your pet’s teeth as clean as possible to start.
There are 2 starting points –
– a simple scale and polish, where no teeth need to removed, which is generally quick and simple and much cheaper. And you continue with home care that suits your lifestyle and your pet**
– or, more intensive dental work, which may involve many teeth being extracted before the rest are scaled and polished. This needs to be done for any good dental care moving forward. But we prefer, and indeed it is cheaper, to jump in at stage 1 !**
**At Abbeyfields, all pets who undergo dental treatment can take advantage of a set of free dental Xrays whilst asleep. So we know whats happening under the gums and which teeth need most help.
- Gold standard is brushing 3 – 4 times a week! – Use doggy toothpaste and brushes or finger brushes, or no brush at all!
- Make it fun – buy the right chews!
- There are great diets out there with the right kibble for crunching and cleaning teeth – take a look at diets like Hills TD
- Dry, crunchy texture to food is better than soft
- Avoid cups of tea
- How about daily mouth washes and gels or plaque reducing supplements you put in the drinking water.
- Take advantage of dental checks with the Vets and Nurses at the Practice -these are free twice a year as part of our great Practice Care Plan!
- Treat your pet to proper dental care and cleaning when it’s needed. It’s a good investment in his long-term health. Your pet may only need one dental in his lifetime. Other Pets benefit from a proper scale and polish every couple of years.
How often do you have your teeth scaled and polished, despite daily brushing?
Take Up The Abbeyfields Professional Dental Cleaning Programme!
- Come in for a FREE dental health check*
- We can photograph and log your pet’s teeth on your records if you like
- Take advantage of our fixed price “scale and polish” professional cleaning dentals up until 31 Dec 2017 which have a 20% discount –
- Small dogs – £118 (normally £148.50)
- Large dogs – £150 (normally £187)
- Cats – £88 (normally £110)
*offer relates to inspecting teeth and mouth only – other problems are subject to normal consultation fees
Please be aware proper this dental care requires a General Anesthetic.
Our fixed price Cleaning Programme includes ultrasonic scaling under the gum line, probing for pockets, polishing to remove microscopic scratches on teeth AND dental X-rays.
Note: Extraction of teeth requires extra time, chargeable at £19.80 per 15 mins time on top of these prices.
(Pets with severely diseased mouths may require pain killers post extractions, antibiotics, or surgical flaps to cover defects, which would incur extra costs)
At Abbeyfields, ALL pets receiving a GA and dental care will have a free set of dental Xrays taken and logged on their records (these will cost £35.00 from 1 Jan 2018, BUT remain free to pets on our Practice Care Plan).
Dental X-RAYS allow us to deliver Gold Standard Care and check for underlying disease or broken roots in your pet’s mouth. Treatment plans for further work, (only if required or recommended at a later date, of course) can be formed with this information.