The Staff at Newport Hills Animal Hospital wants to provide the best possible medical care for your pet. Proper dental care is one of the most important areas of preventative medicine. Diseases involving the mouth occur in over 90% of dogs and cats by 3 years of age if there is not regular care of the teeth and gums.
Signs and symptoms of poor dental health include the following:
- Persistent, foul mouth odor
- Inflamed gums (redness, swelling or tenderness)
- Plaque formation
- Tartar formation
- Bleeding gums
- Loose or infected teeth
- Mouth pain
The Importance Of Regular Dental Care
Imagine how your teeth would look and feel if you didn’t brush them regularly. Now imagine what would happen if you never brushed them at all. You would have severe gum problems, foul breath,
dental tartar and the loss of teeth. Uncontrolled dental disease can lead to health problems in other parts of the body including internal infection, heart and kidney disease, weight loss and loss of appetite.
Non-anesthetic Dental Care For Your Pet
We offer non-anesthetic dental cleaning for certain patients to be selected by the doctors for one of two reasons:
1. Pets who need regular removal of tartar on a periodic basis.
2. Pets that are a high anesthetic risk. A dental cleaning without an anesthetic is a procedure designed for the removal of minor tartar buildup. It will not replace the need for dental cleanings with an anesthetic when heavy tartar, gum disease or periodontitis is present. For pets with periodontitis, we recommend a thorough dental cleaning with sedation followed by periodic cleanings without an anesthetic to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Dental cleanings without an anesthetic include the use of a hand scaler and curette as well as mechanical polishing.
Any client requesting a non-anesthetic dental for their pet must be referred by a doctor before booking an appointment for the procedure. Our goal is to provide the best method available for your pet’s initial cleaning and subsequent dental maintenance.