Healthy Dogs Need Healthy Teeth

Periodontal disease is the most common disease of small animals. Signs of gum disease are typically not acknowledged, however, and some pets suffer until all their teeth have actually ended up being contaminated.

Preventive oral care is among the most neglected pet wellness requirements. Yet it’s just as vital for animals as it is for individuals. Below are some answers to commonly asked questions about oral look after pets.

What is Periodontal Disease?

When food stays on the teeth it forms plaque, which constantly builds on the tooth and, if not eliminated, hardens and becomes what we call calculus. Periodontal disease, called gingivitis in its early stages, is triggered by a buildup of plaque and calculus below the gum line. This uncomfortable and progressive gum disease causes swelling and, finally, missing teeth.

Tulsa veterinary dentistWarning signs consist of:

Foul breath
Loose teeth
Gingivitis (swelling of the gums).
Absence of appetitie.
Bleeding gums.

Periodontal disease is painful. Animals can not speak, so it depends on us to take responsibility for their care.  If you think your pet could have periodontal disease, set up a visit to have your Tulsa veterinary dentist perform an oral examination. She or he could inform you that you need to schedule a dental test and cleaning.

What happens in the oral exam?

A dental test and cleaning, called dental prophylaxis, is the standard treatment for periodontal disease. This consists of manual and ultrasonic removal of plaque above and below the gum line. Polishing and fluoride treatment typically follow.

An oral prophylaxis can ease your animal’s discomfort and yearly oral exams need to be performed to identify and deal with oral problems in their early stages. Nevertheless, veterinary care alone will certainly not prevent periodontal disease. Great home health care is essential for preserving healthy teeth and gums. It is really important to brush your dog’s teeth daily.

When should I start brushing my pet’s teeth?

The younger your animal is when he’s introduced to tooth brushing, the even more quickly he will certainly accept the treatment. Ideally, you ought to begin brushing when your young puppy is 8 to 12 weeks old. But, like any great routine, it’s never ever far too late to start.

Instantly following your animal’s dental prophylaxis, you should begin brushing his teeth every day. This is important not just because tartar begins to build six to 8 hours after a meal, but because it gets your animal into a daily regimen.

It needs to not take longer than 30 seconds daily. A reward such as a dog cookie, is an excellent idea. Your pet will certainly remember this treat more than the real brushing. Bear in mind, never utilize human toothpaste or baking soda on your animal’s teeth.

Why do my dog’s gums look red?

Some pet dogs establish red tissue around their gums that seems to grow over the tooth. Generally the tooth enamel under this red tissue is eroded and can be filled once the tissue is gotten rid of. If, however, the enamel has deteriorated to expose the tooth’s pulp (nerve and blood supply), the tooth can not be filled and should be extracted, given that it causes discomfort for the animal. We do not yet understand why this enamel erosion happens, but regular use of fluoride on the teeth may help prevent the lesions.

My animal eats just dry food and lots of dog biscuits. Do I still have to brush his teeth?

A difficult, dry diet plan will certainly assist keep the crowns or the teeth clean, however not below the gumline. Dog biscuits will certainly eliminate some plaque, but once more, they can not clean below the gum-line and will certainly not prevent periodontal disease. While feeding these foods is good for your pet’s teeth, it is no substitute for everyday brushing.

This month is a great time to give your pet a Tulsa veterinary dental. At All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in Tulsa and at Village Vet Animal Clinic in Broken Arrow we are offering $110 off of dentals for the month of September.