Dental health

Dental Health

Did you know that up to 85% of 3 year old dogs have some sign of dental disease?

Sticky food debris and saliva leads to a buildup of plaque on the surface of your pet’s teeth. This plaque hardens to form unsightly tartar. Plaque and tartar can lead to painful gingivitis causing discomfort to your pet. Your pet could lose their teeth and become prone to infections in other organs as a result of an unhealthy mouth.

At Palmerstown veterinary hospital we are committed to helping all pets live long, healthy lives. Pet dental care is an important part of achieving this goal. We provide complimentary nurse dental checks throughout your pets life. The vet will also check your pet’s gums and teeth at the time of their booster and at all other visits.

Top tips to look after your pets dental health:

  • Choose dental-friendly diets and treats. Feed a dry food diet where possible - this will reduce plaque buildup on teeth. Specific foods are available that actively help clean teeth (eg. Hill’s t/d food). Rope toys, dental sticks and other dental-friendly treats can act as natural ‘floss’ and breath fresheners for your pet.
  • Regular at-home brushing is highly effective. We would recommend daily tooth brushing with a pet friendly toothbrush and toothpaste - our nursing staff will be delighted to show you how to brush your pet’s teeth.
  • Bad breath is a sign of oral health problems. Don’t ignore bad breath; if your pet has bad breath or you notice other symptoms, such as bleeding or swollen gums, schedule a dental check up with our vet .
  • Schedule regular dental cleanings. When plaque hardens into tartar, the only way to remove these tartar deposits is with a professional cleaning. Dental procedures are day procedures during which your pet is given a short anaesthetic. Your pet’s mouth is thoroughly assessed and cleaned.
FACT: In the absence of daily dental care most pets will need their first cleaning procedures at 3-5 years old. Dental procedures may then be necessary every 1-2 years after that for the rest of your pet’s life (pets will vary in their dental hygiene requirements).

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