Dental care is a very important topic. About 60% of dogs, cats and ferrets older than 2 years need a dental procedure.
The teeth need regular care. Without care, plaque will develops, followed by tartar that is accompanied by gum disease. Dental plaque is a layer of saliva, nutrients and microorganisms deposited on the tooth surface, which is not always visible to the naked eye.
If plaque is not removed by cleaning, it mineralizes and tartar is formed. Tartar is the brown, hard attack that you can find on your pet's teeth. Tartar does not disappear with a regular cleanup but must be removed by your veterinarian with a specialised ultrasonic device.
This kind of procedure needs your animal to be put under anesthesia. Many bacteria develop on tartar and can then cause gum disease. This causes a bad breath in your pet and eventually leads to loose teeth or even tooth loss. Other complications of gum disease are kidney, liver and heart diseases because bacteria enter the blood circulation of these organs. The presence of many bacteria can also cause abscesses.
It is therefore very important to prevent tartar build up. During your annual visit we will always check the teeth of your animal.
How do you notice gum disease in your animal?
Your pet's breath is getting worse. Your pet suffers from excessive salivation or is having difficulties eating. If this is the case, you can make an appointment here. As in people, it is a maintenance that must be repeated according to the individual needs.
The treatment is done under anesthesia and requires the insertion of a tube into the trachea to prevent infected pieces of tartar along with the cooling water ending up in the lungs. First large pieces of tartar are removed with special forceps, if the gum around the tooth is too sick, it is removed. Afterwards, the remaining tartar is removed with the aid of an ultrasonic device, with constant rinsing to prevent damage to the enamel. The teeth are then polished by means of a special paste to get the teeth as clean as possible. The cleaner the teeth are the longer the tartar stays away.