Your pet’s teeth should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian for any early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.
A full 85 percent of pets have been reported to have periodontal disease by 3 years of age and will get worsen as they grow older if effective preventive measures are not taken.
Early detection and treatment are critical because advanced periodontal disease can cause severe problems and pain for your pet.
The process begins with an oral exam of your pet’s mouth by our veterinarian here at CityU VMC. Thereafter professional dental cleaning which includes scaling (to remove dental plaque and tartar) and polishing (similar to the process used on your own teeth during your regular dental cleanings) under general anaesthesia may be recommended to allow early detection and treatment of dental disease.
It is important to note that “non-anesthetic” teeth cleaning is not comparable to the above service. We do not recommend dental cleanings without anesthesia because they do not allow cleaning or inspection below the gumline, where most dental disease occurs, and can result in unnecessary stress, pain or injury to your pet.
Although general anesthesia will always carry some risks, your veterinarian will make recommendations based on your pet’s overall health and the health of your pet’s teeth and provide you with options to consider.
Dental homecare is also essential at home, regular brushing of your pet’s teeth is the single most effective thing to do to keep your pet’s teeth healthy in between professional dental cleanings. Studies have shown that by brushing your pet’s teeth three times a week was adequate to maintain healthy teeth and gums, but daily brushing was needed to control existing gingivitis.
Toothpaste and Brushing
Most dogs accept brushing, but cats can be a bit more resistant – patience and training is important. Never use human toothpaste for a pet as this contains foaming agents which are not meant to be swallowed y by your pet. Animal toothpastes come in special flavors (chicken, seafood, and malt) and all are expected to be swallowed.
Finger brushes are available and are smaller for puppies and kittens.