Prevention of dental disease requires home care. This can include brushing your pet’s teeth with a pet safe toothpaste (do not use human toothpaste), feeding them meaty bones (raw) or dental diets to reduce tartar build-up. Teeth cleaning biscuits, enzymatic chews and other dental toys can assist in keeping the teeth clean. Check your pet’s teeth regularly so that tartar can be treated before it turns into periodontal disease. If the build-up is not removed via home care, your pet may need to have their teeth cleaned by a vet under anaesthetic.
A professional dental clean includes scaling (removing tartar) and polishing the teeth. Your vet will assess your pet to determine if any teeth need to be extracted and if anti-inflammatories and antibiotics will be required to treat the dental disease. The assessment may also include blood tests and urine tests, along with a physical exam to ensure the pet is healthy before undergoing anaesthesia. You vet will discuss after care and further methods to ensure a reduced risk of future dental disease.