Dental hygiene is very important in our pets and it’s value is often underestimated.
As of the age of approximately four years dogs and cats start to get tartar formation on their teeth. This may look benign but tartar is plaque which has been deposited on the enamel and has cristalised by accumulating bacteria. This is what gives it that brownish tinge. In the absence of dental hygiene the plaque will evolve under the gum line to create parodontal pockets and cause inflammation of the connective tissue supporting the tooth.
Rather then lose their teeth, a good teeth cleaning and subgingival cleansing (under the gums) will allow your pet to keep their teeth in good health.
To carry out a good teeth cleaning a general anaesthetic is required. Anaesthesia is always a risk but good quality monitoring is always carried out and a blood test may be done as a check up before the procedure. The risk of the anesthetic should always be weighed up against the risk of the effects on the health of your pet should they get dental infections.
Once the teeth cleaning has been carried out it is recommended that home care (gum gels and brushing teeth) is done as a follow up to maintain the buccal hygiene.
gingivite et parodontose