Dental cleaning and polishing are routine procedures we usually perform for dogs and cats. A pre-operative blood examination is always included in our dental cleaning packages. Sometimes though, due to special periodontal conditions in the oral cavity of pets, dental extractions are required, and affected teeth should be removed. Rodents and rabbits are also typical dental patients who need proper dental workup (e.g. trimming, extractions, abscess management).
However, to fully understand the importance of dental care, let us find out first what precisely dental disease is.
What is Dental Disease?
Dental disease or periodontal disease is an inflammation of the teeth and gums caused by plaque build-up. Plaque is made up of food particles, saliva, and some bacteria which stick to the tooth surface and, if not removed, will calcify into tartar. Around 80% of cats and dogs over the age of three are suffering from periodontal disease.
What are the Signs of Dental Disease?
- Bad Breath
- Loose and Discolored Teeth (brown or yellow)
- Excessive Drooling or Dropping food from the mouth
- Blood-stained, Inflamed, and Receding Gums
- Reluctance to chew or Appetite Loss
- Pet is not comfortable being touched in the neck and mouth area
- Swelling of the face
- Being Lethargic and increased Aggression (behavioral changes)
Check our PET DENTAL GRADING CHART here.
Veterinary Dental & Teeth Cleaning and Polishing
We perform different pet dental procedures, like scaling, polishing, and tooth extraction. The most commonly used techniques are teeth cleaning and polishing, which involves cleaning off the tartar and washing the teeth. Proper probing is also done to ensure that there are no cavities.
Below is how we do the perfect Dental Scale & Polish for your Pets
Part of animal dental care and services is giving anesthesia to the pet as it is impossible to perform any procedure if the pet is awake. The anesthesia is administered after checking the blood works to determine the correct amount of anesthetics can be determined. Here at The City Vet Clinic, we use ultrasonic scalers for teeth cleaning and polishing. The scalers help get the tartar off the teeth without damaging the enamel. It works pretty rapidly; hence, the animal doesn’t need to be under anesthesia for quite an extended period. The scaler works for gums, too and prevents any damage to them. A thin probe is then used to check the gum lines, and in cases that there is a presence of slight tartar, the scaler helps to remove it and ensures that the scaling is perfectly completed. After the tartar cleaning, the teeth are washed with an oral cleansing solution, and the polishing is done. Polish helps keep bacteria off.
Vet Dental Care – Why is it Important?
Oral health is significant, and for pets, it can also be hereditary. Therefore, consulting dental vets in UAE can prevent any serious illnesses. Oral health depends on the tooth hygiene of the pet. Any pet can suffer from oral health ailments; it can be a heavy chewer like dogs or pets like cats and rabbits who may suffer from slow tooth decay. Whatever the case, it is highly advisable to visit pet dental care near you.
Pet dental care is one of the most vital wellness checks you can do for your pet. Dental diseases, if gone undiagnosed, can become the key reason for discomfort in pets. Unfortunately, cats and dogs are amongst the most affected when it comes to dental illnesses.
Timely veterinary dental intervention can help bring relief to the pet and make it easy for the pet owner. However, during the early stages of dental disease, pets tend to be uneasy and do not show any specific signs of a need for veterinary dental care.
Dental charting and dental surgeries are also offered as a part of our vet dental services across all branches in the UAE. This gives you the comfort to enjoy better care of your pet with trusted veterinarians.
What should I do if I suspect my pet has dental disease?
If you’re worried your pet may be developing dental disease, take them to your vet for a proper diagnosis and treatment because it is always best to get a professional opinion. The City Vet team will help you to develop the best dental plan tailored to your pet.