Did you know that our lovely pets do get dental diseases, just like we humans do? While we think that our pets’ bad breath is something natural, it is usually a sign of a dental sickness. But the bad breath in nothing compared to the pain these diseases cause to our precious pets. We are usually unaware of our pets’ pain because they try really hard to hide it. So its very important to keep our cat and dog oral hygiene in top notch condition. So how can we tell if our pet is in pain?
In order to check if your pet suffers from a dental disease, lift his lip and check his teeth, especially his back teeth. If you notice the yellow or brown color of the teeth indicates a possibility of a secondary infection of the tooth. Next step is smelling your pet’s breath. You shouldn’t expect it to smell peachy, but if you sense a foul smell you’ll know that bad bacteria have already set up in your pet’s mouth and they’re damaging his teeth. Your pet’s doctor will probably recommend a full dental cleaning along with dental x-rays. Without dental x-rays, it would be impossible to find many causes of your pet’s dental problems.
So, what actually happens on the day of your pet’s dentistry? Well, doctors will first do a blood analysis on your pet, after which he will be properly anesthetized. After your dog is asleep, doctors do a thorough oral check to find cavities, infections or even cancer. After that, they use an ultrasonic scaler to clean plaque and tartar from all surfaces of your pet’s teeth. This requires great precision from the doctors, because if they don’t do a good job, any infection left will just spread again. After the scaling, doctors polish every tooth to prevent future development of tartar and plaque. An antiseptic agent is then used to flush the gums and the barrier sealant or fluoride could also be applied. Afterward, doctors write dental charts, checking tooth by tooth to keep clean records. At the end, a complete set of your pet’s x-ray scans is taken. If any problems were found, your veterinarian will talk to you about them. He will suggest a treatment plan and give you some advice about what can you do at home to prevent your pet’s dental diseases.
But please beware when choosing a right procedure for your pet! There is a deceptive practice called “Anesthesia-Free Dentistry.” Many people find it appealing and jump into doing it without knowing that it comes with a lot of potential risks. This practice is often performed by unlicensed and unreliable people, it can only make your pet suffer in silence, not being able to speak his problems to you. It is proven to have no medical benefit whatsoever. You will think that your pet’s mouth are clean while the infection silently progresses. You wouldn’t want that for your pet now wouldn’t you?
Almost every pet has some sort of dental issues. In order to prevent your precious furry companion from suffering, you should regularly take him to his veterinarian for oral checks and cleaning procedures. Try to avoid scammers as they have no interest in your pet whatsoever, they are only interested in making money. Take good care of your fuzzy ones!