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Dental Clinic

Date: July 7, 2014 Author: adm Categories: News 0


Our dental expert: Kim Haba, comes in our home every wednesday of the month. She provides teeth cleaning for dogs and cats who do not need anesthesia for their dental care. Kim’s service includes: :: Complete Oral Examination :: Hand Scaling :: Ultrasonic Scaling :: Polishing :: Post Cleaning Examination

It is currently known that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS). Oral disease begins with a buildup of bacteria in the pet´s mouth. Bacteria, combined with saliva and food debris between the tooth and gum, can cause plaque formulations that accumulate on the tooth. As bacteria grow in the plaque and as calcium salts are deposited, plaque turns to tartar. Without proper preventive or therapeutic care, plaque and tartar buildup leads to periodontal disease, which affects the tissues and structures supporting the teeth.

Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause oral pain, dysfunction, tooth loss and other serious health problems. What should I look for when I examine my pets teeth? Look for anything that appears abnormal. The first sign of periodontal disease is redness of the gums. No matter how minor it seems, if this is present, disease is present. The pet needs veterinary care in order to treat the disease and avoid all the problems associated with it. Advanced signs of disease include swelling of the gums, calculus on the teeth, receding gums, and mobile teeth. Any of these is a sign of advanced periodontal disease, and immediate medical attention is required. Other things to watch for include swelling or masses, broken or worn teeth, and discoloration of the teeth. Any of these things should also be brought to the attention of a veterinarian right away. The good news is that pet owners can reduce the risk of oral disease: The first step in preventing oral disease is a routine physical examination including a dental exam. Pet owners should also practice a regular dental care regimen at home, which may include brushing the pet´s teeth with specially formulated toothpaste. It´s best to start early, but grown dogs and cats can learn to tolerate brushing.

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