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Dentistry

1 in 3 pets will experience a dental problem at some point in their lifetime

Dentistry

1 in 3 pets will experience a dental problem at some point in their lifetime

When it comes to your pet’s teeth, they’re very similar to yours; their baby teeth will fall out, they need to be cleaned regularly and a dentist should examine them once a year. That’s where our experts at Stokesley Veterinary Practice can help.

When you bring your companion to see us for their annual check-up, special attention will be paid to their teeth. This is because tooth and gum disease are extremely common in animals, with one in three household pets experiencing a dental problem at some point in their life.

Just like you, if your pet’s teeth aren’t cleaned regularly, plaque will begin to build up. This will lead to yellow-brown tartar and bad breath, before eventually attracting other bacteria and causing gingivitis. The longer the teeth are left at this point, the further the disease will spread, before it moves into the root of the teeth and affects the gums, resulting in periodontal disease.

It’s important to remember that animals are good at tolerating pain, so your companion may not make it obvious when they’re uncomfortable. This makes your pet’s annual visit to the vet even more essential.

In between visits to the vet there are plenty of ways in which you can ensure your pet’s teeth and gums are as healthy as possible. These include:

Observation

If possible, check your pet’s teeth and gums daily to ensure there is no plaque build-up around their teeth. You should also keep a close eye on your companion’s behaviour, as reluctance to eat, pawing at the face and chewing on one side of the mouth are all signs your pet could have a
problem.

Daily brushing

Specialist toothbrushes and paste can be purchased so that you can clean your companion’s teeth. While it is recommended you begin this process at a young age, meat flavoured toothpaste often encourages even the most reluctant pets to open wide.

A dry/partially dry diet

When chewed, dry biscuits act in an abrasive way removing any plaque build-up in the mouth. Hill’s t/d food has special properties that remove tartar. Hill’s vet essentials food also contains this technology.

Dental treats

Specialist dental treats can be bought for cats, dogs and rabbits. If your companion is a little overweight however, it’s important you do not give these treats too often.

Should your pet ever require a dental treatment you do not have to worry. Our practice is equipped with some of the latest dental equipment available to de-scale and polish teeth, as well as extract them where necessary.

Our friendly nurses also have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to dental health, so please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have.