Did you know that dental problems are probably the most common issue our pets suffer from, and yet they are also one of the most underdiagnosed, mainly because it is difficult to look properly in their mouths. Poor dental health is painful, causes tooth loss, and infections can spread throughout the body – potentially causing significant organ damage.
Clean teeth and healthy gums are key for long-term dental health and wellbeing. This should be a combination of regular home cleaning if possible, and more thorough dental care at the vets. The good news is that if gum problems are identified at an early stage, a combination of a Scale and Polish and ongoing Home Care can make a real difference to your pet’s oral health.
Contact us today on 01858 462 839 to arrange a dental check-up for your pet.
A healthy mouth typically has bright white teeth and pink (or pigmented) gums. However, over time, accumulation of plaque bacteria on the surface of the teeth leads to inflammation of the gums – a condition called gingivitis (also called gum disease). At this stage you might notice reddened gums, bad breath and some accumulation of calculus on the tooth surface. If the condition is allowed to continue unchecked, bacteria will penetrate below the gum line, destroying the tooth supporting structures – a painful condition called periodontitis. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loosening and eventual tooth loss.
Cats may also be affected by gingivitis, but as well as this they may also suffer from one or more tooth resorptive lesions. Here the tooth is progressively destroyed, leading to exposure of the nerve. These often appear as little pink spots on the teeth themselves and usually hide painful cavities in the underlying tooth, although cats will frequently show no obvious outward signs of toothache.