Gold standard Care - the keystone of health for dogs and cats
Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. More than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. Dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.
Common signs of dental disease include:
Yellow or brown build-up (tartar) on the teeth
Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
Changes in eating or chewing habits
Pawing at the face
Bacteria and food debris accumulate around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, pain, infection and possibly expensive oral surgery.
Digital Dental Radiographs
Our pets simply cannot tell us when their teeth are sore or if they are in any pain, even though they are.
Dental X-rays in animals are similar to those taken in humans. An X-ray machine using small amounts of radiation is used to see the inside of your pet's teeth and those areas below the gum line that are hidden from view.
Unlike humans, our pet’s need to be under a general anaesthesia. Without anaesthesia, the X-ray sensor cannot be accurately placed. They are also required to be still during the oral assessment, treatment, and prevention procedures.
Even without any of these signs, your pets should have their mouths X-rayed at least once every year. People routinely have dental X-rays at least every other year. Ultrasonic cleaning your pet's teeth without X-rays often results in missed opportunities to improve the quality of life and health of your pet.