Just like our teeth, pets also need routine brushing and cleaning. If they miss that crucial hygiene care, it can lead to bacteria and plaque build-up, resulting in long-lasting dental diseases or excruciating pain. To learn more about dental hygiene, please contact us at 416-444-7387.
How can I tell if my pet needs dental care?
The most telltale sign is if you notice bad breath. Though your pet's breath will naturally have an odour, the smell should be tolerable. Bad breath, however, isn't the only indication. Some other common signs of dental disease include:
- Yellow or brown buildup on the teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Changes in eating habits
- Loose teeth
What happens if plaque buildup isn't removed?
Plaque is a sticky substance that consists of bacteria, saliva, and food particles. If it accumulates and isn't removed, the plaque starts to harden and mineralize, turning into tartar. This gives bacteria places to hide and grow. As such, dental disease can form and travel through the bloodstream if left untreated, resulting in health complications.
What is involved in dental cleaning?
First, we will perform a physical examination to assess your pet's teeth and get a good grasp of what's going on in the mouth. Your pet will undergo anesthesia before the procedure begins and radiographs may be recommended to assess the mouth further. The dental cleaning will include scaling, plaque and tartar removal, teeth extractions as needed and polishing to reduce future buildup.