What is Dental Disease?
Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats, and is entirely preventable. By three years of age, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Unfortunately, other than bad breath, there are few signs of the disease process evident to the owner, and professional dental cleaning and periodontal therapy often comes too late to prevent extensive disease or to save teeth.
As a result, periodontal disease is usually under-treated, and may cause multiple problems in the oral cavity and may be associated with damage to internal organs in some patients as they age.
Periodontal disease begins when bacteria in the mouth form a substance called plaque that sticks to the surface of the teeth. Subsequently, minerals in the saliva harden the plaque into dental calculus (tartar), which is firmly attached to the teeth. Tartar above the gum line is obvious to many owners, but is not of itself the cause of disease.
The real problem develops as plaque and calculus spread under the gum line. Bacteria in this ‘sub-gingival’ plaque set in motion a cycle of damage to the supporting tissues around the tooth, eventually leading to loss of the tooth. Bacteria under the gum line secrete toxins, which contribute to the tissue damage if untreated. These bacteria also stimulate the animal’s immune system. The initial changes cause white blood cells and inflammatory chemical signals to move into the periodontal space (between the gum or bone and the tooth).
The function of the white blood cells is to destroy the bacterial invaders, but chemicals released by the overwhelmed white blood cells cause damage to the supporting tissues of the tooth. Instead of helping the problem, the patient’s own protective system actually worsens the disease when there is severe build-up of plaque and tartar.
We highly recommend brushing your Pets Teeth Daily, feeding raw meat and a yearly Professional
Dental Clean. Please don't do nothing.
Seven signs of dental disease
Signs of Dental Disease in your Pet
discolouration or build-up on teeth
under eye swelling
discomfort, lumps, or bleeding around the mouth
gum redness or inflammation
pawing at the mouth
difficulty eating or loss of appetite
How to Help your Pet's Teeth
feed them fresh raw meat
decrease dry foods
use dental toys
brush their teeth daily
use pet friendly dental paste
organic coconut oil is great for dental health in both dogs and cats
Book yearly Dental Checks
Book yearly Dental Cleaning
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why should I clean my pet’s teeth?
We love our Pet's and they are like family. Just like us, dogs and cats build plaque and tartar on their teeth over time. Left untreated, plaque and tartar can cause gingivitis, bad breath, tooth loss and make eating a painful experience. Plaque & calculus harbour bacteria that can contribute to other local and systemic diseases such as Heart and Liver Disease
Do clean teeth matter?
One of the easiest and least expensive ways to care for you pet’s long term health begins with proper dental hygiene. Regular dental care helps avoid gum disease, eliminate plaque and tartar build up and keeps teeth healthy and bright.
But dental hygiene is about more than just good breath. Statistics show that over 80% of dogs and cats will develop mild to moderate dental disease by the time they’re just 3-years old. The toxins from periodontal disease are absorbed directly into your pet’s blood stream and as the kidneys, liver, and brain filter the blood, small infections occur that can cause permanent and at times fatal organ damage.
Simple, preventative dental care virtually eliminates nearly 90% of all gum related diseases, improves your pet’s long term health and doesn’t have to be costly, dangerous or time consuming.
How can I tell if my pet’s teeth need cleaning?
Look for a yellow or brown build-up on the tooth surface and areas of inflammation around the gum line. Chronic bad breath is often an early indicator of poor dental hygiene. If you are unsure, send us a photo of your pet’s teeth for a free evaluation - 0435 875 960 and we will provide feedback.
How often should I clean my pet’s teeth?
The frequency of dental cleanings depends on diet, age, health, breed and the amount (if any) of home dental care. Generally speaking, pets over two years old should have a professional dental cleaning about every 6-12 months.
How do you hold the pet still?
Carefully. Our well trained staff comfortably position your pet on our Pet Mattress using gentle relaxation techniques which allow the pet to feel safe & comfortable. Even feisty pets with challenging personalities are usually very cooperative. Some even fall asleep.
Does it hurt the pet?
Absolutely not. We use the same gentle approach as a pediatric dental office uses with children.
How does non anesthetic cleaning compare to using anesthesia?
The results are the same for most routine cleanings. Pets with behavioral issues or advanced dental conditions may have some slight compromise, but most results are 99-100%. Mouths that have been neglected often require more than one appointment to restore oral health.
Can you clean subgingivally?
The short answer is yes for most pets with normal sulcus attachment and on those with mild to moderate pocketing.
Do you polish?
Yes we do! Polishing removes any residual stains & minute deposits on affected surfaces. We use a Natural Polish to finish our Dental Cleaning
What equipment do you use?
We use an array of professional dental instruments specifically designed for each pet’s individual needs.
What pets are eligible for non-anesthetic dental cleaning?
Eligible patients include:
Dogs & cats of all ages whose owners are concerned about the risks of anesthesia
Young pets needing their 1st dental prophylaxis
Pets with healthy gingiva & mild to heavy calculus
Pets with stages 0-3 periodontal disease
Pets with medical conditions such as heart murmurs, collapsed tracheas, renal & liver conditions, Chrohn’s disease, Addison’s disease, diabetes, etc
Is anesthesia free cleaning appropriate for every dog and cat?
Unfortunately, not every pet is a good candidate for anesthesia free cleaning.
Pets with aggressive personalities or some form of dementia usually don’t cooperate with technicians and are therefore not good candidates
High risk breeds such as brachychephalics
Pets with complications such as: advanced periodontal disease, deep fractures, mobile teeth, epulis or lesions cannot be cleaned using a non-anesthetic approach