Dental Health Care

As a pet owner, what can I do at home to prevent periodontal disease?

2019-05-25T23:33:28+00:00

The gold standard of home care is tooth brushing. To be effective, however, it must be performed at least three times a week; daily brushing is ideal. See How do I brush my pet’s teeth? (above) or visit dogbeachdentistry.com for directions. Another form of home care consists of rinsing with an antiseptic agent. CET® Oral Hygiene Rinse [...]

As a pet owner, what can I do at home to prevent periodontal disease?2019-05-25T23:33:28+00:00

When is a pet too old to have a dental cleaning?

2019-05-25T23:32:51+00:00

NEVER. Healthy pets, even when they’re older, handle anesthesia quite well. Age does increase the possibility that the patient will have some degree of organ malfunction, and those with systemic problems will be at an increased risk. Therefore, we recommend pre-operative testing on all patients prior to anesthesia. The important organs include the liver, kidneys, [...]

When is a pet too old to have a dental cleaning?2019-05-25T23:32:51+00:00

Why does a dental cleaning have to be done under anesthesia?

2019-05-25T23:32:03+00:00

It is impossible to do a thorough cleaning and definitive oral examination (including periodontal probing) on a pet who is awake. Your veterinarian can provide the appropriate pre-anesthetic protocol and treatment plan to provide your pet with the best care.

Why does a dental cleaning have to be done under anesthesia?2019-05-25T23:32:03+00:00

My veterinarian has recommended a dental cleaning. What is involved?

2019-05-25T23:31:28+00:00

The first step is to place the patient under general anesthesia. Anesthesia-free dentistry is NOT recommended (see below, Why does a dental cleaning have to be done under anesthesia?), and is even illegal in California. Don’t be fooled by “sedation” dentistry. In our opinion, sedation dentistry is more dangerous than general anesthesia for two main [...]

My veterinarian has recommended a dental cleaning. What is involved?2019-05-25T23:31:28+00:00

My dog eats hard food. Isn’t that like brushing his teeth?

2019-05-25T23:29:39+00:00

NO! This is a myth, which came about from the surface of the teeth being slightly cleaner in pets fed dry food. Typical dry food does not protect against periodontal disease. This relates to the root cause of periodontal disease, which is subgingival plaque (plaque below the gumline). Supragingival (above the gumline) plaque accumulates and [...]

My dog eats hard food. Isn’t that like brushing his teeth?2019-05-25T23:29:39+00:00

What are the warning signs of periodontal disease?

2019-05-25T23:28:57+00:00

Unfortunately, there are no obvious outward signs of periodontal disease until it is VERY advanced. The earliest sign is inflammation (redness or swelling) of the gums. This is generally accompanied by the buildup of plaque and calculus on the teeth, but unless you are looking for these changes (see above, Is dental disease really a [...]

What are the warning signs of periodontal disease?2019-05-25T23:28:57+00:00

What is periodontal disease?

2019-05-25T23:27:13+00:00

Periodontal disease is defined as the destruction of tooth attachment (periodontal ligament and jaw bone), caused by bacteria. It begins when bacteria form on teeth in a substance called plaque. If plaque is not removed immediately, two things occur. First, the plaque is calcified by the minerals in saliva to become calculus (or tartar). This [...]

What is periodontal disease?2019-05-25T23:27:13+00:00

Is dental disease really a big deal?

2019-03-24T22:56:07+00:00

Dental disease is a HUGE deal. Periodontal (gum) disease is the number one diagnosed problem in dogs and cats. By the age of just two, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease. In addition, 10% of dogs have a broken tooth with pulp (nerve or root canal) exposure. This [...]

Is dental disease really a big deal?2019-03-24T22:56:07+00:00

What are the warning signs of periodontal disease?

2019-03-24T22:54:55+00:00

Unfortunately, there are no obvious outward signs of periodontal disease until it is VERY advanced. The earliest sign is inflammation (redness or swelling) of the gums. This is generally accompanied by a buildup of plaque and calculus on the teeth, but unless you are looking for these changes (see above, Is dental disease really a [...]

What are the warning signs of periodontal disease?2019-03-24T22:54:55+00:00

Why is it important to have my pet’s teeth cleaned regularly?

2019-03-24T22:54:08+00:00

There are two main reasons for routine cleanings. First, they help prevent periodontal disease. Second, and possibly more importantly, a cleaning allows for a COMPLETE oral examination. Only with general anesthesia can most oral health problems be noted. This includes screening for oral cancer, broken teeth, cavities, and in cats, tooth resorption. Finally, general anesthesia [...]

Why is it important to have my pet’s teeth cleaned regularly?2019-03-24T22:54:08+00:00
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