Tooth decay is a leading cause of halitosis, or bad breath, in pets. The same reasons people get bad breath also applies to pets – periodontal pockets, gingivitis, root exposure and gum infections all affect dogs and cats. Even if your pets’ crowns (the exposed part of the tooth) are clean, there could be disease lurking below the gum line. Some professional pet dentistry and basic dental care can help.
All dogs and cats are anesthetized for their dental procedures. After anesthesia is induced, a Registered Veterinary Technician will scale both macro- and microscopic calculus from your pet’s teeth above and below the gumline with an ultrasonic scaler. They will then polish the teeth to prevent re-attachment of plaque. If any teeth need to be extracted, we are well trained in delivering local anesthetic prior to any work that the doctor needs to do.
After a dental, most pets will be able to go home the same day. If your pet has an extraction, most pets will feel much more comfortable around 5-7 days after their procedure. Many owners notice their pet becoming more playful and content after their dental work as the extracted tooth has probably been causing undetected discomfort for quite some time.
In between annual cleanings, it’s important that you’re brushing your pet’s teeth regularly. We recommend doing this at least three times a week, if not daily. Our experienced staff would be happy to offer demonstrations of the proper technique and give advice on various dental health products you can try, including diets and chews.
Toronto, ON M4T 2A7
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