2 out of 3 pets will develop some form of dental problem in their lifetime

dentisry3Did you know your pet’s teeth are very similar to yours? For example, their baby teeth will fall out, they’re at risk of tooth and gum disease, and they should see a dentist once a year.

Luckily, at Elm House Veterinary Centre our veterinary experts are able to act as your pet’s dentist, as well as their doctor.

As well as being good at hiding pain, animals can’t tell you when they are having problems. Additionally, the first signs of tooth and gum disease don’t always have obvious symptoms. For that reason, you’re recommended to have your pet’s mouth examined by a professional once a year to ensure their teeth and gums are in good shape.

“We’re often saddened to see pets who haven’t received regular oral care. Plaque begins to build on their teeth and this leads to yellow-brown tartar and bad breath. Eventually, this attracts other bacteria which can cause painful gum inflammation and tooth infections.”

Rebecca Hart
Veterinary Surgeon

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At Elm House Veterinary Centre our nurses hold free dental health clinics. During these consultations your pet will have their teeth and gums examined thoroughly for any signs of potential problems. Should your companion then require treatment, we have all the necessary equipment to de-scale, polish and remove teeth.

In between visits to see us there are steps you can take to keep your pet’s mouth free from nasty infections:

  • Brush teeth daily – This is the easiest way to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy. You are advised to begin this process when your pet is young, and should only ever use specialist animal toothpaste, never human products.
  • Dental diets – Their modified kibbles will act in an abrasive way against your pet’s teeth, removing plaque build-up.
  • Dental chews/treats – Some of these help to remove plaque and can prevent bad breath. Be mindful of giving these to your pet if they are overweight though.
  • Check your pet’s mouth regularly – Is there a yellow-brown substance where the teeth meet the gums? Are the gums red or inflamed? If so, please bring your pet to see us as soon as possible.

Finally, the following behaviour could indicate that your pet is experiencing a problem with their teeth or gums. If you see them demonstrating any of the symptoms listed, please contact us to book an appointment for your pet:

  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Quiet or subdued behaviour
  • Visiting the food bowl keen to eat, but then not eating
  • Not eating, difficulty eating or chewing on one side of the mouth
  • Excessive salivation
  • Face swelling (in severe cases)

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Should your companion ever require veterinary attention outside of practice hours, please contact our normal number 01245 352525 and you will be put through to Vets Now.