…we’re really all pretty much the same when it comes to dental health. Pets, like people, have a constant battle with bacteria in their mouths. This requires attention to prevent plaque, gingivitis, infections, decay, and the sneakiest problem of all: major organ problems. Whole body wellness starts at the mouth. Think about it. We sustain our whole bodies by taking in water and food. It makes sense, too, that constantly ingesting bad bacteria could have the opposite effect. Dental cleanings are so important.
Pup or kitty have the breath of a Balrog?
Bad breath is just the symptom you are most likely to notice early on. If your pet’s mouth smells like the trash bin behind a sushi bar, it’s time to see your vet. Your dog or cat is likely already experiencing some gingivitis, there might be pockets forming in the gums, and tooth decay that is becoming painful.
Further, chronic periodontal disease is shown to cause heart, liver, and kidney problems. The bacteria in the mouth can make it to the circulatory system, then traveling throughout the body. Functional changes can happen in the liver, and kidneys can be damaged. There are even studies showing a link between periodontal disease and insulin resistance!
Dental procedures are very thorough. Every single tooth and the surrounding gums, tongue, and lips are inspected individually for signs of infection, damage, growths, retained puppy or kitten teeth, etc. Teeth are cleaned with special tools. Your pet’s teeth are charted to document the condition of each one. If needed, your vet will recommend dental x-rays to see if the roots are damaged and a tooth needs to be extracted.
Pets will need to be anesthetized for dentals. As with any procedure involving anesthesia, we first need to do some in-house diagnostic blood work to be sure your pet is healthy enough for it. Patients are monitored constantly during a dental.
Questions about cat or dog teeth cleaning or periodontal disease? This is actually one of our favorite subjects to talk about. Call us!