Could Your Pet Benefit from a Dental Cleaning?

Could Your Pet Benefit from a Dental Cleaning?
In order to promote dental health awareness, all dental procedures performed during January will be done so at a discounted rate. Ask one of our veterinarians if a dental procedure is right for your pet(s) today!
The cause of gum and dental disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the same in cats and dogs as it is in people. Gum disease first develops due to infection, which is caused by a build-up of soft dental plaque on the surfaces of the teeth around the gums.

Once combined with calcium salts from your pet’s saliva, an accumulation of dental plaque will lead to hard dental tartar (calculus) on the teeth. Tartar starts to form when a tooth surface is not kept clean (as with daily brushing) within just a few days. This tartar build up provides a rough surface that enhances further plaque accumulation. Once plaque and tartar have begun to grow in thickness on your pet’s teeth, they are difficult to remove without dental instruments.

The bacteria present in dental plaque is very irritating to the gums and often leads to infection of this tissue surrounding the teeth.

Bacteria surrounding the roots can even gain access to the blood stream (a medical condition known as “bacteremia”). Studies have shown that dogs with severe periodontal disease have more severe microscopic damage in their kidneys, heart muscle, and livers than do dogs with less severe periodontal disease.

Bad breath is the most common side effect of dental disease noticed by pet owners. However, you may see more significant side effects with advanced dental disease such as bleeding from the mouth, mouth pain, loss of appetite, and difficulty holding food in the mouth while eating. The roots may even become so severely affected that some teeth will become loose and fall out.

The key to management of gum and dental disease is PREVENTION. As long as the surfaces of the teeth are cleaned frequently, the gums will stay healthy.

Excellent oral health is maintained by daily oral hygiene. The gold standard, of course, is daily brushing. However, that is not always tolerated by our dogs and cats. Daily chewing activities can also be effective in maintaining oral health. A few chew toy options known to help promote good oral health are listed below.Dental treatsFirm rubber toysKnotted ropesNon-compressed rawhidesStuffed animals

If you have been trying these oral health management methods and are still seeing evidence of dental disease in your pet, don’t get discouraged. Even with excellent oral hygiene practices, many pets will still need periodic professional scaling in addition to on-going plaque control.

Special Announcements
Next month all spay and neuter procedures will be performed at a discounted price. Talk to one of our veterinarians to see if a spay or neuter is a good choice for your pet.

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“I, ___(your name)___, am the owner of ___(pet’s name)__, and I give my authorization for ACAH to utilize my pet’s name and photo for marketing purposes, including newsletters and social media.”

Ardmore Companion Animal Hospital
25547 Main Street
Ardmore,TN 38449
Phone: (931) 427-8383