Dental disease is common in dogs, cats and rabbits and the potential for this can be improved by a Dental Care Plan. If started at a young age, dogs and cats can be trained to accept teeth brushing; there are also feeding plans to minimise tartar build up. In rabbits correct feeding can all but eliminate dental and digestive problems. Nurses all perform free dental checks, and can tell you when your pet needs a Scale and Polish to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Dental disease is extremely common and contributes to a large amount of ill health. It can significantly impair the quality of your pet's life. As well as the local oral discomfort and smelly breath there is a high chance that the infected mouth will be seeding bacteria to other parts of the body, where they may establish life threatening infections.
A lot of elderly patients are given a new lease of life after their diseased teeth and gums are attended to. Dentistry involves a general anaesthetic so that we are able to clean and assess the teeth prior to extracting any which are beyond recovery.
The dental X ray unit is very important and we take X rays of the teeth prior to extractions to establish the full nature of the problem and to minimise the risk of complications/damage to the jaw bones.
The ultrasonic equipment for scaling the teeth produces a large amount of aerosol spray which poses a risk of cross infection to other work. We have a separate room solely for dentistry to maintain our sterile areas. Whenever extractions are performed we prescribe antibiotics to guard against the risk of infection.