Why is oral and dental health important?
Dental care for dogs and cats is one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet health care. The brewing infection, in the plaque and tartar, is not only capable of causing both acute and chronic pain but, has far-reaching effects on your pet’s major organ function and longevity. Periodontal disease is a progressive disease and can damage bone support (alveolar bone) around the tooth root. Once the alveolar bone is lost, then it can not be reversed. So to prevent this, dental scaling and polishing need to be done at the earliest sign of gingivitis (gum inflammation), and plaque and tartar build up. Regular cleaning of the bacteria-rich plaque and tartar, followed by home dental care can help to avoid major dental surgery costs besides preventing or slowing down the dental disease.
If you see the redness of the gums, tartar on the teeth and smell a foul odour, your pet needs help. Our nurses can do 'Free Dental Checks' on your pets. Please contact us to arrange an appointment.
What is involved in dental care at Pet Vets Papatoetoe?
Safest and most effective dental procedure involve:
A pre-anaesthetic health exam
A pre-anaesthetic blood test
Customised pre-anaesthetic medication to help with sedation and pain relief
Intravenous fluid during and sometimes after the procedure to maintain hydration, blood pressure and access for medication
Intravenous anaesthetic drugs are given to anaesthetise the patient, and a tube is placed in the airway for delivery of oxygen and anaesthetic gas to maintain the anaesthesia. Your pet is continuously monitored during the whole anaesthesia, and warming support is given
Under anaesthesia, every tooth is examined closely, and a dental chart is created. This chart records missing teeth, broken teeth, and whether any periodontal disease exists
Dental X-rays are taken when vets are not sure if a tooth requires extraction or not. Dental radiographs allow us to assess the roots of the teeth
A professional dental scaling is carried out, including removing plaque and tartar from under the gum line. This is followed by dental polishing to help prevent new plaque and tartar from forming
After reviewing dental exam and dental x- rays, extractions are planned. We have access to high-speed dental drills to facilitate the extractions. Soft self- absorbable suture is used to suture the gums after the extractions
Indvidualised post dental treatment plan and discharge advise is prepared for each patient
Free follow up dental checks are carried out, in patients who had extractions, to assess the healing
We provide complimentary dental care plan tailored for each patient following the dental procedure, to minimise or prevent future dental problems
How to brush your pet's teeth?
Our trained staff can show you how to.