Taking care of your pet’s teeth
Gum disease is one of the most common problems seen by vets. If untreated it can lead to serious damage to your pet’s vital organs, so it is much better to keep a check on their teeth with regular dental appointments.
The buildup of plaque and tartar on your pet’s teeth can lead to infection in the gums and roots of the teeth.
Scaling tartar from the teeth and polishing the surfaces will get the mouth back to almost new, as long as no extractions are needed. Loose teeth and any with infected roots should be removed, as should teeth with significant feline odontoclastic resorption lesions (FORLs) in cats.
To avoid these procedures it is important to keep your pet’s teeth clean. Brushing is the best method, but many animals won’t allow their owners to do this so there are other options.
If you have concerns, make an appointment with our nurses so you can talk about the best dental care and treatment for your pet.