animal that has teeth can develop dental disease. If left untreated,
dental disease can cause bad breath, gum infections, jaw infections,
tooth abscesses and even generalized disease throughout the body.
The accumulation of tartar causes the gums to be pushed away from the
teeth resulting in dangerous infections. The bacteria and toxins
associated with these infections that start in the mouth can spread
through the blood stream to any part of the body. Organ systems
including the heart, liver and kidneys can all suffer damage. Pets that
receive timely dental care live on the average 20% longer than pets who
do not. These are dramatic statistics!
dental disease as seriously and aggressively as cancer. Dental disease
has been called the “Silent Killer”.
disease is found, dental care is needed. Cleaning the teeth and
extracting those beyond salvaging is our first step. While some pets
will allow some tartar to be scraped off their teeth, almost none can
be convinced to hold still while a thorough cleaning under the gums is
done, or while polishing and a fluoride treatment are done. To do a
proper cleaning, anesthesia is necessary.
tartar from the teeth causes a roughening of the dental enamel that
requires polishing afterwards. Without polishing, the plaque and tartar
will rebuild even faster. If cleaning is not done under the gum line,
nothing of real value has been done for your pet, since it is under the
gum line that most of the tooth damage occurs. The fluoride treatment
helps promote healing of diseased gums and strengthens teeth. If your
pet has had it's teeth cleaned without an anesthetic, only cosmetic
care has been provided. Since the problems under the gum line has
not been addressed, disease continues.