Our Top 3 dental Tips
by NW Vet Staff
Read our top dental tips:
- Let us help create a plan that is specific to your pets dental needs
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some form of dental disease by age 3. Dental disease can lead to painful oral infections, tooth loss, problems eating and bad breath. There are also medical studies that confirm a correlation between oral disease and systemic diseases that can affect your pet’s vital organs, including the heart, liver, and kidneys.
We can help establish what level of dental disease your pet has to determine the care needed. Weather at home cleaning or professional cleaning is needed, we will cater to your pets every need.
- Don’t be afraid of anesthesia.
The most thorough dental cleaning occurs under general anesthesia, which permits scaling under the gumline, thorough teeth polishing, x-ray assessment of tooth attachment to the underlying bone, and dental extractions (when needed). According to an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) interview with board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist Richard M. Bednarski, DVM, MSc, DACVAA, “the most recent statistics indicate that the death rate related to anesthesia [in pets] is approximately one anesthetic-related death for every 1,000 anesthetized.”
My adage is “a pet is never too old for anesthesia,” but he certainly can be “too unhealthy.” Your veterinarian’s physical exam and diagnostics tests (blood, urine, and fecal testing, x-rays, ultrasound, etc.) will establish normal or abnormally functioning organs. Sick patients can be made healthier so that anesthesia is more safely performed and periodontal disease can be most-thoroughly resolved.
- Commit to daily home dental care.
Ask us about product recommendations and to demonstrate how to perform your pet’s home dental care. Brushing with a water-moistened, soft-bristle brush can be very effective in removing invisible plaque and yellow dental tartar from teeth. Pet-appropriate toothpaste, gels, and wipes can remove tartar and kill bacteria. Pet-safe dental chews can also clean teeth, but should not be used in lieu of brushing. Schedule a complimentary visit with one of our technicians to instruct you on the best approaches to home care.
We recommend Virbac’s C.E.T. line of dental products, check out their site for more info.