We often seen pets rejuvenated after dental treatment, and their owners realise that their pet has been suffering from chronic dental pain only when it was treated. We all know how painful toothache, mouth ulcers and sensitive teeth are and we spend a lot of time and effort to keep our teeth cared for. Daily tooth brushing and regular visits to the dentist and hygienist are routine.
Dental disease is common in our pets and just as painful as it is for us: they just can’t tell us that it hurts. Without hands, our pets use their teeth as tools to carry, play, groom themselves and get your attention. Because of this, they are also more likely to break or wear their teeth down or damage the soft tissue in their mouths.
Some dental disease causes bad breath and may be easily seen as discoloured teeth and red, sore gums. Other painful problems may only be identified by gently probing under general anaesthetic or X-ray. In addition to pain, dental infections can spread to heart, liver or kidney disease.
As for us, the best way to ensure a healthy mouth is tooth-brushing, but special diets, chews and drinking water additives are helpful. Regular health checks with your vet and clinic nurse will monitor your pet’s oral health and help you to care for their dental health as well as you look after your own.
by Jacky Macqueen