If your pet needs a dental procedure then they will be anaesthetised. This is because we need to protect the dog or cat's airways whilst performing the dental exam, ultrasonic scaling and any extractions that may be necessary. We also normally perform full mouth x-rays as a lot of dental disease can be occurring under the gum line. Every tooth will be assessed and treated as necessary and all work is charted.
Diet / Preventative Care
Dried diets tend to be better for the teeth but even pets fed on dried diets can get dental disease. Additives to the diet and water can help but the only method that really works is daily brushing of the teeth. We would advise using a children's toothbrush with bristles to brush the outside of the teeth using pet toothpaste. The brushing needs to be no less than every other day otherwise it is ineffective. Dogs tolerate this very well with a bit of time and patience initially. Cats however are less tolerant!
Dental Chews and Toys
Dental chews can help to keep the teeth clean but shouldn’t replace brushing. No toys should be used that you cannot push your finger nail into. Bones, antlers and hard nylon chews are NOT recommended and will fracture the teeth.