Your pet’s dental health is very important. Plaque build-up on their teeth predisposes to tartar build-up, which can act as a place for bacterial infection. The infection can extend under the gum-line and can result in the destruction of the bone that holds their teeth.
The main reason that adult animals lose their teeth and experience mouth infections and discomfort is the loss of tooth support due to gum disease. Gum disease is treatable and preventable. Untreated gum disease can cause damage to internal organs, such as kidney or heart disease and failure. Infected gums mean your pet is constantly swallowing bacteria, which travels through the bloodstream to the heart and kidneys, potentially causing significant disease. Gum infections can therefore have severe long-term effects on your pet’s health and wellbeing, as well as their longevity.
Gum disease can be indicated by bad breath, bleeding gums, drooling, loose teeth, reluctance to chew, receding gums and pawing at the mouth.
Include raw bones in your pet’s diet, combined with daily brushing of their teeth if applicable. Special commercial diets are also available for maintaining dental health, which we are happy to advise you on to achieve the best possible approach and outcome for your pet.
Gum disease treatment aims to achieve/restore healthy gums and jawbones by performing a thorough ultrasonic scaling and polishing of the teeth above and below the gum line. Treatment also extends to maintaining long-term gum and jaw bone health through regular check-ups and a prevention method suitable for your pet, as advised by your vet.