Dental Services

Talk to our team about dental disease, its treatment, and most importantly… its prevention!

 

  • Dental Disease in Dogs
  • Dogs tend to get Periodontal Disease – bone loss around the tooth root that isn’t always visible until an x-ray is taken. It’s caused by bacteria migrating down the tooth root and causes pain whenever they chew.

    Approximately 80% of dogs over the age of 3 have dental disease in some form.

    The first signs of dental disease, such as stinky breath or discoloured teeth, can seem harmless. However, oral health is closely related to your dog’s overall health.

    • Plaque build up leads to bad breath…
    • Bacteria in plaque causes inflammation of the gums, leading to gum disease/pain/tooth loss…
    • Bacteria enters the blood stream through the inflamed gums. It travels through the bloodstream to vital organs, leading to heart/liver/kidney disease.

    Is my dog at risk?

    Dental disease is more common in older pets, but prevention can start young. With a bit of patience, many dogs learn to love getting their teeth brushed and look forward to the tasty toothpaste or a yummy reward.

    Breed can also play a role in the development of dental disease. Smaller dogs and dogs with flat faces/short noses are more likely to have crowding issues, and as a result, the teeth are harder to clean. Your veterinarian can recommend an in-clinic dental cleaning to thoroughly clean spots that a toothbrush can’t reach.

    While especially important for short-nosed breeds, dental cleanings play a big role in the health of your furry family member. In-clinic cleanings increase your pet’s quality of life by preventing the pain and tooth loss associated with dental disease. Just like when humans go to the dentist, we also take dental X-rays which give us a more complete picture of your pet’s oral health.

    One of the easiest ways to prevent dental disease is to try a diet with a dental focus. There are many products available that have been specifically formulated to remove plaque through the physical motion of chewing, unlike traditional foods which are more likely to cause plaque than remove it.

    Whether you introduce your pup to dental dog food or simply supplement his or her existing diet with dental treats, your dog’s teeth will thank you! Not only might you notice a difference in the appearance of the teeth, but the whole family can enjoy your furry friend’s fresher breath!

  • Dental Disease in Cats
  • Cats can get red dots on their teeth at the gumlines that, like cavities, are small and painful. They also are prone to Gingivitis, which can be cleared up with a dental cleaning.

    70% of cats over 3 years of age have dental disease in some form.

    The first signs of dental disease, such as stinky breath or discoloured teeth, can seem harmless. However, poor oral health may progress to cause pain and tooth loss.

    Is my cat at risk?

    Dental disease is more common in older pets, but prevention can start young. With a bit of patience, many cats learn to love getting their teeth brushed and look forward to the tasty toothpaste or a yummy reward.

    Breed can also play a role in the development of dental disease. Persians and other cats with flat-faces/noses are more likely to have crowding issues, and as a result, the teeth are harder to clean. Your veterinarian can recommend an in-clinic dental cleaning to thoroughly clean spots that a toothbrush can’t reach.

    While especially important for short-nosed breeds, dental cleanings play a big role in the health of your furry family member. In-clinic cleanings increase your pet’s quality of life by preventing the pain and tooth loss associated with dental disease. Just like when humans go to the dentist, we also take dental X-rays which give us a more complete picture of your pet’s oral health.

    One of the easiest ways to prevent dental disease is to try a diet with a dental focus. There are many products available that have been specifically formulated to remove plaque through the physical motion of chewing, unlike traditional foods which are more likely to cause plaque than remove it.

    Whether you introduce your kitty to dental cat food or simply supplement his or her existing diet with dental treats, your cat’s teeth will thank you! Not only might you notice a difference in the appearance of the teeth, but the whole family can enjoy your furry friend’s fresher breath!

  • How to Start Brushing Your Pet's Teeth
  • Sometimes, starting with a toothbrush can be overwhelming for a cat or dog who isn’t used to the experience. There are many different ways to introduce a furry friend to an oral health routine and it may take some trial and error to find one that works for you.

    • Don’t force the toothbrush into the mouth. Try gently massaging the lips and rewarding your pet with treats. This will help him or her to associate the toothbrush with a positive experience! Over several days or sessions, eventually try the toothbrush on the front teeth and then work back.
    • If the cat or dog does not accept the toothbrush, try picking up a tube of toothpaste for pets and some latex gloves. Put a small amount of toothpaste on your finger and allow him or her to lick it off. The next day, try gently inserting your finger with toothpaste into the mouth, and if possible, massaging the gums. Once your cat or dog is comfortable with this routine, it will be easier to transition to a toothbrush with toothpaste.
    • Encourage licking and chewing the toothbrush! Don’t expect your furry family member to stay still enough for you to stroke every tooth. It may start out messy, but it will get easier. Many pets learn to enjoy getting their teeth brushed!

    IMPORTANT NOTE:

    Be very slow and gentle when introducing a dental routine. Any animal that receives minimum oral stimulation may have very sensitive gums. Brushing too hard may cause pain, which will cause a negatively association with the toothbrush. Over time, your furry family member will be able to tolerate more pressure and longer sessions.

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help!