Dental disease is something we are passionate about at Rouse Hill Family Vets. Did you know that 70% of cats over the age of 3 and 87% of dogs over the age of 3 suffer from dental disease? Click on the link below to find out ways to slow down dental disease in your pets.

Dental disease is usually determined by the presence of plaque and gingivitis in our pets mouth. Plaque is due to a buildup of bacteria on your pet’s teeth and can be seen as yellow staining. This can only be removed during a scale and polish procedure using an ultrasonic scaler.

Gingivitis is defined as inflammation of the gums and if left untreated can lead to severe dental disease and can cause teeth to either fall out or have to be removed during a dental procedure. This can be extremely painful for your pet.

An interesting fact is that studies have shown that dental disease is linked to multiple organ diseases. Bacteria that is left untreated builds up in the mouth, it goes through your pets gums and into the bloodstream affecting different organs of the body. This can result in kidney disease, liver disease and heart disease.

At Rouse Hill Family Vets we have multiple recommendations to maintain a healthy mouth for your pet including:

  • Regular 6 monthly dental checks to pick up dental disease early so we can treat it.
  • Scale and Polish procedures under a short anaesthetic to clean away plaque and polish teeth as recommended by our vets.
  • Daily brushing of the teeth using a children’s toothbrush or pet toothbrush. It is important that you use pet toothpaste and not human toothpaste. Some pets may not tolerate brushing of the teeth. If it is too stressful for your pet we recommend not continuing and following the other tips
  • Dental diets are formulated by scientists to both chemically and mechanically help prevent and slow down dental disease. If your pet is suffering from dental disease and has no special dietary requirement it is worth looking into diets such as Royal Canin Dental and Hill T/D.
  • Chews such as greenies and dentastix have been proven to assist in slowing down the process of dental disease.
  • Water additives can act similar to a mouthwash each time your pet has a drink. Water additives which help with dental disease include Oxyfresh and Healthy Mouth.

We have attached below some images of dental disease. If you are worried your pet may be suffering from dental disease and requires treatment please get in contact with us so we can organise a dental check and work out a plan to help your pet.

I hope you enjoyed my tip this quarter and looking forward to sharing another passion of mine next quarter.

Emma Mills
Patient Care Coordinator & Senior Veterinary Nurse