The care you don’t want to neglect for a healthy pet.
Dental disease is by far the most frequently diagnosed health problem in our pet patients. 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop oral disease by the age of 3. Routine cleanings can help us detect early signs of dental disease, saving your pet from long-term chronic pain, inflammation or tooth extractions.
If your pet doesn't have regular dental checkups, tartar, plaque and bacteria can build up, leading to infected teeth and gum inflammation. In some cases, infections even spread to other parts of the body, like the heart and kidneys. This can be a painful experience for pets, often only showing signs of dental disease in its later stages. Some signs to look out for include:
To perform a cleaning, your pet needs general anesthesia. It's not possible to perform safe dental procedures without it since we'll be using sharp instruments throughout your pet's mouth. We don't only clean plaque on the surface of their teeth but remove buildup below the gumline. Even with regular home care, some plaque deposits aren't reachable with a toothbrush. Bacteria under the gumline flourish in that moist, food-particle-filled environment, which can cause infections in the root and jaw. Your pet should have a dental cleaning at least once every year. To schedule their next visit, please contact us at 416-745-4700.
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