Look Out! How to Recognize and Address the Signs of Pet Dental Disease

Pet dental disease can affect your pet's health, systemically. Veterinary dental exams can help.Like us, pets benefit incredibly from clean teeth and gums, but unfortunately, many pets don’t get attention to this area before certain problems have already taken root. Some, sadly, don’t ever have their teeth cleaned. The issue isn’t aesthetic, although a fresh-smelling slobber-kiss is certainly preferable to the alternative. Instead, through the prevention of pet dental disease, owners invest in their pet’s overall health and longevity. As the Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital can attest to, this is no small feat.

The Truth About Inflammation

The teeth are supported by gums, bone, and tissue. When these structures become progressively inflamed, tooth loss is the typical result. But the process starts long before when bacteria forms plaque on the teeth and gum line. To make matters even worse, saliva is comprised of certain minerals that, when combined with plaque, form the worst offender: tarter. Continue…

The Stages of Pet Periodontal Disease

Preventive care is essential to keep your pet healthy and happy for life, and pet dental care is a big part of that approach. It’s been reported that 85% of dogs and cats have some form of dental disease by the age of 3. But did you know that pet periodontal disease is actually preventable?

It’s important to know there are multiple stages of pet periodontal disease. Without a dental exam, x-rays, and cleaning, there’s no way to know if your pet’s oral health is at risk.

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How Bad Pet Breath can Indicate Health Concerns

iStock_000081523419_MediumDoggy and kitty kisses are less appreciated when bad pet breath becomes a factor. Unfortunately, there are still misconceptions about the cause of halitosis in pets and whether or not it’s normal.

While it’s true your pet won’t ever experience minty fresh breath, a foul odor may be an indicator of dental disease or other healthy problems. Continue…

Pet Dental Health: More Than Just a Pretty Smile

Dog getting teeth brushedWith most pets living longer lives these days, it’s understandable why some dental diseases and conditions are on the rise in our pets. Without daily brushing and consistent cleaning and dental exams, pet dental health can become quite a challenge, especially in the senior years.

Since dental disease is linked to dangerous infections that can impact the heart, kidneys, and other organs, daily dental care and teeth cleanings can actually contribute to a longer, healthier life for your pet.

So, what preventive measures can you take to keep your best friend’s teeth and gums in their best shape? We’re glad you asked. Continue…

Home Dental Care for Your Pet

 

Annual exams and dental cleanings under anesthesia are vital for your pet’s oral health as well as their overall health.  But did you know that you can play an important role in warding off dental disease at home, too?  Here are a few suggestions for keeping those chompers pearly white a little longer and ward off the systemic effects of bad oral hygiene:

  • Brushing

At-home brushing is the most powerful tool in your arsenal!  Brushing at least every other day has been shown to significantly reduce plaque and tartar buildup.  Use a brush and paste specifically for pets and start slowly.  Most pets can be taught to tolerate tooth brushing if you are patient.  For more helpful information on how to introduce your pet to having its teeth brushed, please look at the handout provided on our website.  We are also happy to help you in person. Continue…

The Anatomy of Your Pet’s Dental Cleaning

 

Dental care is an important part of proper care for your dog or cat.  Having your veterinarian do a quick inspection during your pet’s routine wellness exams is good.  Providing home dental care as instructed by your veterinarian is important, but your furry friends need periodic dental cleanings to keep their mouths healthy. In fact, by the ripe old age of three, most pets have some dental disease.

What happens during a professional dental procedure for your pet?

  • Anesthesia.  There are no bones about it; a proper, thorough cleaning cannot take place without general anesthesia.  This allows the veterinarian to thoroughly examine your pet’s mouth, take dental x-rays if indicated, and perform an in-depth cleaning.  Your pet’s history and current physical condition will be taken into account when developing an anesthetic plan, allowing for the safest anesthetic experience possible.
  • Examination.   Once your dog or cat is safely anesthetized, a detailed examination of his or her mouth takes place.  Any problems are documented and a plan is formulated to address them.
  • Ultrasonic and hand scaling.  The dental plaque and tartar that cause periodontal disease is removed from all sides of the tooth and under the gum line.
  • Polishing.  To keep your pet’s whites pearly, the teeth are polished after scaling in order to smooth the tooth’s surface, slowing the deposition of further plaque and tartar.
  • Problem solving.  Your pet may have teeth that need to be extracted or need other procedures in order to address any issues that are identified. Your veterinarian will identify any issues and explain your options.
  • Putting together a game plan.  Your veterinarian will determine a plan for resolving any immediate issues and for better maintaining  your pet’s dental health down the road.

All pets need routine, professional dental cleanings.  Make it a priority this year to provide your special dog or cat with this basic care.  Speak with your veterinarian about when your pet should have a dental cleaning and what you should be doing at home to enhance his or her dental health.

Take advantage of our February 20% discount on dental cleanings in celebration of National Pet Dental Health Month. Phone now to book an appointment while this is on your mind. (630) 665-1500 

The Anatomy of Your Pet’s Dental Cleaning

 

Dental care is an important part of proper care for your dog or cat.  Having your veterinarian do a quick inspection during your pet’s routine wellness exams is good.  Providing home dental care as instructed by your veterinarian is important, but your furry friends need periodic dental cleanings to keep their mouths healthy. In fact, by the ripe old age of three, most pets have some dental disease.

What happens during a professional dental procedure for your pet?

  • Anesthesia.  There are no bones about it; a proper, thorough cleaning cannot take place without general anesthesia.  This allows the veterinarian to thoroughly examine your pet’s mouth, take dental x-rays if indicated, and perform an in-depth cleaning.  Your pet’s history and current physical condition will be taken into account when developing an anesthetic plan, allowing for the safest anesthetic experience possible.
  • Examination.   Once your dog or cat is safely anesthetized, a detailed examination of his or her mouth takes place.  Any problems are documented and a plan is formulated to address them.
  • Ultrasonic and hand scaling.  The dental plaque and tartar that cause periodontal disease is removed from all sides of the tooth and under the gum line.
  • Polishing.  To keep your pet’s whites pearly, the teeth are polished after scaling in order to smooth the tooth’s surface, slowing the deposition of further plaque and tartar.
  • Problem solving.  Your pet may have teeth that need to be extracted or need other procedures in order to address any issues that are identified. Your veterinarian will identify any issues and explain your options.
  • Putting together a game plan.  Your veterinarian will determine a plan for resolving any immediate issues and for better maintaining  your pet’s dental health down the road.

All pets need routine, professional dental cleanings.  Make it a priority this year to provide your special dog or cat with this basic care.  Speak with your veterinarian about when your pet should have a dental cleaning and what you should be doing at home to enhance his or her dental health.

Take advantage of our February 20% discount on dental cleanings in celebration of National Pet Dental Health Month. Phone now to book an appointment while this is on your mind. (630) 665-1500 

Pets Need Dental Care, Too!

Keeping your pet’s teeth pearly white is an important (and oftentimes overlooked) component of responsible pet ownership.  Many pets never receive any dental care at all, but all pets can benefit from a comprehensive dental care plan.  This includes the following components:

  • Annual oral exam

Starting around the age of 1 year, all pets should undergo a complete dental examination to find and address any problems.  By examining your pet’s teeth, gums, and oral cavity thoroughly under general anesthesia we can be sure that we don’t miss anything.

  • Periodic comprehensive dental cleanings

Most of us visit the dentist multiple times per year.  We recommend that pets receive a dental cleaning including ultrasonic tooth scaling, polishing and a fluoride treatment under general anesthesia.  For many pets this needs to be on a yearly basis.   Each pet’s individual needs should be discussed at their yearly examination.

  • Home dental care

This is important as well!  You can help aid your pet’s dental health at home by utilizing prescription dental care diets, recommended toys and treats, and by brushing your pet’s teeth regularly (daily is recommended).  To brush your pet’s teeth use a veterinary or soft toothbrush with an angled head.  Never use human toothpaste but rather an enzymatic veterinary toothpaste.  At first you should start slowly to avoid upsetting your pet- make tooth brushing a positive experience!  If you need help or more information or a demonstration, please let us know.

By providing your pet with the above preventive dental care measures, you are taking an active role in reducing the incidence of dental disease in your best friend and keeping that smile around for years to come.

Pets Need Dental Care, Too!

Keeping your pet’s teeth pearly white is an important (and oftentimes overlooked) component of responsible pet ownership.  Many pets never receive any dental care at all, but all pets can benefit from a comprehensive dental care plan.  This includes the following components:

  • Annual oral exam

Starting around the age of 1 year, all pets should undergo a complete dental examination to find and address any problems.  By examining your pet’s teeth, gums, and oral cavity thoroughly under general anesthesia we can be sure that we don’t miss anything.

  • Periodic comprehensive dental cleanings

Most of us visit the dentist multiple times per year.  We recommend that pets receive a dental cleaning including ultrasonic tooth scaling, polishing and a fluoride treatment under general anesthesia.  For many pets this needs to be on a yearly basis.   Each pet’s individual needs should be discussed at their yearly examination.

  • Home dental care

This is important as well!  You can help aid your pet’s dental health at home by utilizing prescription dental care diets, recommended toys and treats, and by brushing your pet’s teeth regularly (daily is recommended).  To brush your pet’s teeth use a veterinary or soft toothbrush with an angled head.  Never use human toothpaste but rather an enzymatic veterinary toothpaste.  At first you should start slowly to avoid upsetting your pet- make tooth brushing a positive experience!  If you need help or more information or a demonstration, please let us know.

By providing your pet with the above preventive dental care measures, you are taking an active role in reducing the incidence of dental disease in your best friend and keeping that smile around for years to come.