Did you know...dental disease affects over 87% of dogs (and 70% of cats) over three years of age?
Just like us, our dogs need to brush their teeth.
If teeth aren’t brushed, then bacteria in the mouth start to cause plaque, plaque becomes tartar, tartar causes gum inflammation and tooth decay, and all of this ultimately leads to infection and tooth loss.
However, often the first sign of dental problems is either the smell - ‘bad breath’, or bleeding, noticed as blood on toys after chewing.
A free dental check with our vet or nurse, will be able to tell you if your dog has dental disease.
How do I prevent dental disease?
Tooth brushing with a dog toothpaste and feeding a dry diet designed to help slow down tartar build up, are the best ways to help prevent dental disease. (Never use human toothpaste, as it can be toxic and potentially fatal). Special chew toys can also help.
Bear in mind however, that individuals will vary in the speed at which tartar builds up, so one dog may develop dental disease faster than another dog, even if they eat the same food.
What if my dog already has dental disease?
We would recommend a scale and polish, this treatment will clean the teeth, removing tartar and plaque, and will enable the tooth enamel to be clearly seen. The vet will then determine if any teeth need to be removed, and will also help clean the teeth along the gum line, which will help to prevent further tooth loss.
After a dental procedure, it is important to help keep teeth clean and gums healthy, by brushing regularly with a dog toothpaste and toothbrush, and ideally to feed a dry diet, designed to slow down tartar build up. Our vets and nurses can show you how to brush your dogs teeth