Tantramar Veterinary Hospital is happy to announce we have updated our dental department!
Ready to brighten your dog and cat smiles with our new dental machine!
* air/water syringe
*scaler with multiples sized heads
*drill with multiple sized heads
*polisher with adjustable neck
Just as with humans, pets require a dental program as part of their routine medical care. Bad breath may be an annoyance, but it also can be the first sign of a much more serious problem. Problems such as gingivitis, broken teeth and infection not only affect your pet’s mouth, but they can also affect your pet’s overall health and quality of life.
Yearly exams are a great time for your vet to check the status of your pet’s teeth; but teeth need year round care; and, in between visits, owners should be looking for these problems:
- Bad breath
- Pawing at face
- Newly broken/missing teeth
- Inflamed gums
- Swelling or tearing of the eye
- Nasal discharge
- Changes in eating habits
If your pet is suffering from any of these symptoms, a veterinary appointment is suggested.
Dental care should start early on in your pet’s life. Just like humans, cats and dogs have two sets of teeth; baby (deciduous) and adult.
- Dogs have 28 baby teeth which start appearing between 3 to 4 weeks of age. Their adult teeth start to break through around 4 months of age and once finished they will have 42 adult teeth.
- Cats, on the other hand, start pushing through their 26 baby teeth at 2 to 3 weeks of age, with their 30 adult teeth starting to show at approximately 3 months of age.
Dental disease isn’t just a senior pet problem. If not treated properly 80% of dogs and cats will suffer from some sort of dental issue by the age of 3.
A common problem in younger cats and dogs is retained ‘baby teeth’ which can affect bite placement and encourage the formation of more tartar. This problem can be identified in a routine exam and treated by removing the retained teeth through a dental procedure.
What occurs during a dental exam?
A pre-anesthetic blood test is an important step before a dental procedure. The test will check the overall health of your pet including liver and kidneys to make sure the levels are within normal range, allowing an anesthetic plan specifically tailored to the needs of your pet. If your pet is suffering from infection due to dental issues, the veterinarian will most likely place them on antibiotics for a few days before the dental exam with the remainder of the prescription to be given in the days afterward.
A dental procedure for your pet is similar to that of a human cleaning; removal of tartar, check for cavities, infection, loose or broken teeth, removal of any teeth if necessary and then finally a polishing. Polishing the teeth is done last in order to smooth the enamel and decrease the amount of tartar buildup.
Concerned about your pet’s oral care? Schedule an exam today to see if your pet may benefit from a dental.