Dental disease is the most common disease diagnosed by veterinarians. When dental care isn’t maintained, your pet can experience severe pain, tooth loss, or infection that spreads through their bloodstream. To prevent dental disease, we recommend brushing your pet’s teeth regularly to remove bacteria. Be sure to ask your veterinarian how to safely brush your pet’s teeth.
Why is dental care important?
Neglecting your pet’s dental health can lead to various health issues. Bacteria and food can build up in your pet’s mouth and cause tooth loss or infection that can spread throughout the body. Even if your pet isn’t showing signs of dental disease, their mouth should be examined yearly. Here are other symptoms associated with dental disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Yellow or brown buildup on their teeth
- Pawing at the face
- Chewing on one side
- Excessive drooling
Please get in touch with a veterinarian immediately if you notice any of the signs. To schedule a dental checkup for your pet, call 416-690-0625.
What does dental cleaning include?
We regularly provide professional dental cleanings at our hospital. Our veterinary care team is experienced at keeping pets’ mouths disease-free. We are equipped with digital X-rays to examine below the gum line where the disease can be hidden. Seeing and fixing what is above the gum line is only 50% of the solution. The other 50% involves determining what lies beneath the gum line. When looking at the images, we can locate oral cavities and see the difference between healthy and diseased teeth.
We always sedate pets during dental cleanings to ensure their safety. We use a dental tool to remove tartar or any plaque left in their mouth and below the gum line. Once that’s done, we polish their teeth to make them whiter. At the end of the visit, our team provides instructions on how to care for your pet’s teeth at home.