Does your pet have bad breath? Do you brush your teeth twice a day and visit your dentist annually? If the answer is yes, can you say the same for your pet? Your pet’s dental regimen is just as important as your own. Clean teeth and a healthy mouth are extremely important for your pet. Plaque and tartar build-up on your pet’s teeth can lead to serious health problems, which is why taking your pet’s oral health care seriously is a must.
Wise Owl, being your other family doctor, has 2 oral surgeons and several certified dental hygienists here to provide the best possible dental care services to your furry family members. We are pleased to offer our patients a complete array of veterinary dental care services including but not limited to: providing comprehensive oral exams, dental cleanings and scalings, tooth extractions and other pet dental procedures.
How do I know If My Pet is Experiencing Signs of Periodontal Disease?
As plaque builds up on our pet’s teeth, it hardens into tartar and damages the teeth and gums. This results in the disease known as gingivitis. Signs of gingivitis include bad breath and reddening of the gums. If left untreated, gingivitis can cause periodontal disease, a serious infection that can damage the teeth and gums and lead to health problems elsewhere in your pet’s body, including multisystemic organ failure, heart disease, kidney disease and more. If your pet is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, he or she may have periodontal disease.
- Discomfort while chewing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Pawing at the mouth
- Inflamed or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
A brief visual exam will help diagnose a mouth-full of problems and indicate if a more detailed exam under sedation is needed.
Your Pet’s Dental Cleaning
Veterinary dental cleanings are very different for your pets than they are for you. Anesthesia is required to help keep your pet still and most importantly comfortable during a cleaning. Your pet undergoes a complete preoperative physical examination and bloodwork in order to ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo the anesthesia. Wise Owl’s main objective during any procedure is the safety of your pet. These preoperative requirements allow our doctors to detect possible complications that may occur.
During a cleaning, the skilled dental hygienist uses a hand scaler, an ultrasonic scaler, and a curette to remove tartar and plaque. A periodontal probe is used to detect any tooth problems. Finally, your pets’ teeth are polished and his or her gums are washed with a prophy paste to offer superior cleaning and enamel care.
At Home Dental Care for your Pet
Brushing your pet’s teeth
We can show you how to brush your pet’s teeth at home. This helps delay the build-up of tartar and is a great way for you to bond with your pet.
- Toothbrushes are available as finger cots or regular brushes.
- Use Canine/Feline toothpaste only as human products should not be swallowed.
Water Additives and Rinses
There are many brands of water additives to help clean the teeth. Water Additives eliminate the bacteria that cause bad pet breath, removes plaque buildup, and protects gums.
- Use a properly measured amount
- They are tasteless and odorless, so pets don't know it's even in their water bowl.
Powder Water Additives
These powders are a great economical option for multiple and/or large dog households. It comes in a concentrated powder form, to be pre-mixed before serving to your pet.
- Use a properly measured amount
- Needs to be mixed in warm/hot water
Perio Support reduces plaque/tartar. It has natural zeolites & unique minerals that help prevent plaque formation. It also contains beneficial, direct-fed microbials, lactobacillus acidophilus and enterococcus faecium, which help restore microbial balance in the mouth and displace unhealthy plaque-causing bacteria.
- Simply sprinkle on top of a pets food at every meal
- It is tasty and has an aroma that will appeal to your pet
C.E.T.® Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews for Dogs feature an exclusive Dual-Enzyme System, plus an abrasive texture. Working with the dog's chewing action, C.E. Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews reduce plaque and tartar helping keep teeth clean and breath fresh, even on days when brushing isn’t possible. Available in 3 sizes: small, medium, and large.
For additional information on effective dental products, please visit the Veterinary Oral Health Council website: http://www.vohc.org/index.html