Dentistry

Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats - an estimated 80% of dogs and cats over the age of 3 have some degree of dental disease. It is caused by a combination of food debris, cells from the inside of the mouth and bacteria, which together cover the teeth and gums with a white film, known as plaque. The bacteria eventually works its way between the teeth and gums, and eats away at the tissues which hold the teeth in place.

The gums become inflamed (Gingivitis), and without proper treatment, the teeth can eventually be lost. The best way to prevent these gum problems is to brush your pet’s teeth, every day. Besides promoting a healthy set of teeth and gums, the smell of your pet's breath will also be greatly improved. Feeding your pet dry food, and occasional rawhide chews for dogs can help with teeth cleaning, although neither method is as effective as regular brushing, otherwise your dentist would be advising the same for you!

The bacteria from gum disease can easily spread to other vital parts of your pet's body, so it's not just the teeth that are involved here - it's your pet's overall health. In both dogs and humans, a clear link has been established between gum disease and heart disease, so it's vital that your pet (and you) pay attention to preventing gum disease before it happens.

Unlike with human dentistry, our patients have to be anesthetised to perform a dental descale and polish. Many of our patients who come in for dentistry are elderly so we frequently offer a pre-anaesthetic blood test to check kidney and liver function. These blood tests serve two purposes, the kidneys often seem to be affected by infection spreading from the mouth, and they are the organs the body uses to excrete the anaesthetic, so it is important they are in good working order.


Call us at Heathside Vets to arrange a dental appointment for your pet.

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Tuesday...............................8.30am - 7pm

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Southampton

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