We offer a wide range of comprehensive dental procedures to help keep your loyal companion’s mouth healthy. We employ the most modern equipment available and use dental X-rays to determine if your cat or dog has disease beneath the gum line. Our veterinarians have had extra training by a Board-Certified Veterinary Dentist.
What causes dental disease?
Simply put, dental disease develops when oral care is not prioritized. As humans, we are told to clean our mouths daily to prevent infections or decay, and the same should be applied to cats and dogs. Each time your pet eats, there are leftover food particles in their mouth. When mixed with saliva and bacteria, it will form plaque which, if not brushed away, will harden and become tartar. Tartar cannot be removed with regular brushing and will result in gum recession, toothaches, tooth loss, or decay.
How often should my cat or dog have a dental cleaning?
It is recommended that cats and dogs have a dental cleaning every year. Combining professional dental cleaning with regular brushing at home can save your pet’s teeth. During a dental cleaning, our team will examine their mouth before and after administering anesthesia. An anesthetic must be used in order to safely clean their teeth, especially in hard-to-reach areas. We will perform scaling above and below the gum line and polish their teeth. Additionally, our team may provide a fluoride treatment that will harden and protect their enamel.
Is bad breath a sign of dental disease?
Yes. Although you may hear that doggy breath or fishy smell is normal, this is untrue. A healthy cat or dog’s mouth should have a minimal smell. Here are some other signs of dental disease:
- Swollen, red, or bleeding gums
- Yellow or brown buildup (tartar)
- Blood on their chew toy
- Chewing awkwardly
- Excessive drooling
- Pawing at the face, mouth, or head
- Loose teeth or tooth loss
- Loss of appetite
If your cat or dog has these symptoms, please schedule a veterinary visit sooner than later. To book a dental exam for your loyal companion, please call us at 905-332-4014.
How does dental disease affect my pet’s overall health?
The mouth is a vascular organ; it is connected to the blood vessels that move blood throughout the body. When a cat or dog has an infection in their mouth, the bacteria can leak into the bloodstream, causing more serious health problems. Dental disease can cause an increased risk of chronic kidney disease and systemic inflammation.