At Family Pet Centre, We are equipped with top of the line dental equipments you see in human dental clinics. Your vet has spent countless hours at dental training centres and workshops to acquire the valuable skills and invested in additional pet specific equipments to perform quality dental services. In both our clinics, you can be assured that the VET performs ALL aspects of the dental procedure.
Dentistry is a rapidly growing area of veterinary science. We have seen a greater awareness over the last 25 years of its importance to the overall health of the animals we treat.
Just like humans, pets’ teeth need looking after too! The health of their teeth and gum's has a significant impact on their overall quality of life. Imagine how your mouth would feel, and smell, if you never brushed your teeth. Imagine having a really bad toothache and not being able to tell anyone about it!
Dental disease begins with a build up of bacteria in your pet’s mouth. Bacteria, combined with saliva and food debris, can cause plaque to accumulate on the tooth. As calcium salts are deposited, plaque turns to tartar (brown or yellow material starting near the gum line of the tooth). Without proper preventive or therapeutic care, plaque and tartar build-up leads to periodontal disease, which affects the tissues and structures supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can cause oral pain, tooth loss and even heart or kidney problems.
Common signs of dental disease, in order of severity, include:
Yellow-brown tartar around the gumline
Inflamed, red gums
Change in eating or chewing habits (especially in cats)
Pawing at the face or mouth
Pain or bleeding when you touch the gums or mouth
If your pet is showing any of these signs of dental disease, please contact us to book for a Dental check up at Family Pet Centre.
How can I prevent dental disease?
Long-term control and prevention of dental disease requires regular home care. The best way to begin this is to accustom your pet from an early age. Dental home care may include:
Brushing teeth daily – just like us! This is the best form of dental hygiene. Pet toothbrushes and toothpaste are now available. Please do not use human toothpaste formulas on your pet as they are not designed to be swallowed and may be toxic.
Feed pets raw meaty bones or special dental diets. This can help reduce the accumulation of tartar.
Use dental toys, enzymatic chews, or teeth cleaning biscuits, all of which may help keep the teeth clean.
Regular and frequent attention to your pet's teeth may avoid the need for a professional dental clean under anaesthetic, and will also improve your pet's overall health.
What does a professional dental clean involve?
At Family Pet Centre, we do not believe in a dental clean without a full general anaesthetic or "pinging" teeth or a cleaning service "While you wait in the room". These are not acceptable techniques.
Our vet takes pride in a high quality dental work and thrives to achieve quality teeth cleaning with proper equipments, great patience, effort and skills which are required to reach the deepest sulcus in the gums to remove tartar and prevent periodontal disease. That is NOT Comfortable for all pets and humans but is a necessary step to a good clean which is the same as an ultrasonic scaler cleaning done by a human dentist for us. However, unlike us, our pets won’t sit still or open their mouth to allow a comprehensive cleaning of their teeth. For this reason, our pets need to have a general anaesthetic for a professional dental clean. Your pet will need to be assessed by our vet at Family Pet Centre. The degree of dental disease will be assessed to determine if a root canal treatment or extractions, antibiotics and anti-inflammatories will be required.
The assessment of the patient may also include a physical exam, blood tests and urine tests to ensure they are healthy prior to having an anaesthetic. Once anaesthetised, we can give the teeth a thorough cleaning using our specialised dental equipment. When your pet goes home we will also discuss methods of reducing dental disease in the future.
It is recommended for pets to have a dental check up every 6 months. Contact us to book for a Dental check at Family Pet Centre. Early assessment and action can save your pet’s teeth!