Pet dental care is a critical component of your pet’s wellness program. Downtown Animal Care Center offers state-of-the-art dental care for every type of pet, with the focus on long-term health and longevity. Dental disease can be the origin of more complex, life-threatening issues such as heart, liver, and kidney disease in pets. Routine dental cleanings and a home dental care regime have the potential to add years of vigor to your pet’s life.
First, let’s talk about the causes of bad breath.
Getting your pet on a good dental routine starts the moment they come home with you, no matter their age. It’s good to start them young, but it’s important to start at all! During your pet’s wellness exams at DACC, we’ll be sure to monitor their oral health and make you aware of any issues that may be arising.
There are some oral diseases that can cause your pet to have bad breath. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 70% of adult cats and 80% of adult dogs show symptoms of oral disease. The most common oral disease presented in pets is periodontal disease – which 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.
Other oral diseases include:
Stomatitis – inflammation of the oral cavity
Oral Masses – both cancerous and benign growths
Gingival Hyperplasia – a condition where the gums overgrow, creating bumps and holes for bacteria to gather
One more thing that may cause bad breath – if your pet is experiencing stomach issues or has a gastrointestinal disease, expect some bad breath! If the stomach and intestines are sick, you’ll probably be smelling it in their breath.
So, how do you stop bad breath in its track? We have some tips for you!
1. Brush your pet’s teeth! It’s best to start this at a young age so that your pet can get used to it, but it’s better late than never. We recommend brushing your pet’s teeth daily, and at the very least once a week.
2. Find a treat that helps with plaque reduction and bad breath. It’s best to consult us first to find the right treat for your pet.
3. Recently, more companies have come out with water additives that help with pet oral care, helping with their breath as well. We would love to work with you to find the best fit for your pet.
We’re here to help.
A dental exam and cleaning are performed under general anesthesia for a safe and thorough procedure. Whenever anesthesia is used, we take many steps to assure the safest possible procedure, including pre-anesthetic laboratory tests, IV fluid support, and blood pressure monitoring, as well as pulse and blood oxygen monitoring on all patients. Your pet’s teeth are cleaned of plaque and calculus, and the tooth enamel is polished, followed by a fluoride treatment to further protect the teeth and strengthen enamel.
Our digital dental X-ray system allows near-instant radiographic views of the nonvisible areas of the teeth. This invaluable tool is critical for identifying hidden, often painful problems.
Our staff is trained in dental surgical procedures such as extractions of broken, loose, diseased, or painful teeth. If oral surgery is needed, careful attention is paid to managing pain using local anesthetic nerve blocks and other analgesic approaches. Often, medication is sent home after the procedure to help minimize any discomfort. Finally, a careful charting of any concerns or treatments of the teeth is made for future reference and follow up.
Maintaining healthy teeth and gums in pets can be a simple and enjoyable process for both the animals and their owners. The professionals at Downtown Animal Care Center offer assistance and training to pet owners in establishing a home care regime that meets their needs. Good dental hygiene is an investment in your pet, paying off in your animal companion living a longer, healthier life free from pain.