CAUSES OF DENTAL DISEASE:
Plaque is a colourless film on the surface of teeth that contains large amounts of bacteria. Plaque accumulation and tartar formation creates infection which destroys gums and the bone that supports teeth. All pets are at risk!
SIGNS OF DENTAL DISEASE: Watch for these signs
Bad breath, tartar accumulation, dark red or bleeding gums, drooling, abnormal chewing (may be chewing on one side of the mouth), swallowing food whole.
Pets do not show signs of oral pain like we do – we hear back from clients almost universally that pets have changed dramatically for the better after we have completed dental cleaning or corrected other dental problems that had originally gone undetected.
• Poor oral hygiene - poor diet, lack of home care program
• Breed – more common in smaller breeds of dogs and certain breeds of cats
• Age – more common as pets grow older
ORAL HEALTH AND OVERALL HEALTH:
Studies have shown an association between periodontal disease and changes in specific organs such as the heart, liver and kidney. These organs are innocent bystanders being damaged by bacteria entering the bloodstream at the site of oral infection.
PREVENTION - WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Have a thorough oral examination at least once yearly for young pets and twice yearly for older pets (over 7 years of age). Start a home care program that is personalized for your pet and your lifestyle which may
» BRUSHING – this is the most effective way to remove plaque – we can help you with instructions, demonstrations, brochures and we provide brushes and pet toothpaste samples.
» DIET – We recommend MediCal Dental Formula – available in feline and canine formulas – formulated to prevent and reduce tartar
» TOYS – toys are available that can help reduce tartar – check out our “Toy Box” and see what we recommend
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