Shinfield Vets performs all aspects of small animal dentistry from a routine dental scale and polish to clean the teeth through to surgical extractions if required. We have a full suite of dental equipment, including a state of the art digital dental x-ray unit, high-speed air driven dental drill, ultrasonic tooth cleaning and tooth polishing equipment.
Of course, we all know that our pets might not always pass the fresh breath test. However, if your pet has consistently strong smelling or offensive breath this may be a sign of a more serious dental problem. It is currently estimated that 70% of adult cats and dogs suffer from dental disease.
Early signs of dental disease
- Smelly breath
- Eating problems
- Rubbing at the mouth
- Red and sore-looking gums (gingivitis)
If your pet is showing any of these signs it is time for a dental check up!
Dental disease occurs in stages. The first stage is the formation of plaque on the surface of the teeth. Over time minerals cause the plaque to harden and to form calculus which appears as a hard-brown covering over the teeth. The tartar and calculus is a perfect breeding ground for bad bacteria leading to the development of periodontal disease - the inflammation and infection of the gums surrounding the teeth. Periodontal disease can lead to serious health problems affecting the heart, liver and kidneys.
Please feel free to pop in to see the practice nurse at one of their dental clinics for a free dental check and for some guidance on how to brush your pet’s teeth and keep them in good shape.
The first line of treatment we can provide against established dental disease is a routine ultrasonic scale and polish of the teeth performed under a general anaesthetic. However, if the disease has been allowed to progress, some teeth may need to be extracted.