Dental disease affects up to 80% of our pets over the age of 3 and just like people, there can be serious consequences of poor dental health. The longer you leave your pet’s periodontal disease the worse it is going to get and the condition of your pet’s teeth will not improve without intervention at this stage. Earlier stages of dental disease can be managed by feeding a dental diet available at the practice (we will recommend the best one for your pet). Later stages of dental disease will require a scale and polish. After the scale and polish, feeding a dental diet, Oravet or other effective dental chews, and brushing your pets’ teeth will help delay the recurrence of plaque, tartar and thus inflammation of the gums.
If you are concerned about the current condition of your pet’s teeth/mouth please bring them in for a check-up (also annually when we vaccinate your pet we always check the condition of their teeth and gums).
Please see our ‘dental disease’ section in the ‘common conditions’ tab of our website for more detailed information describing the varying stages of dental disease.