Currumbin Fair Veterinary Surgery
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Just like humans, our pets are vulnerable to gum disease and problems with their teeth. Alarmingly, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats suffer from some form of dental disease by the age of three.

When there is a build up of bacteria, food particles and saliva on the teeth plaque is formed. Plaque sticks to the tooth surface above and below the gum line and if not removed will calcify into tartar (also known as calculus). Over time the bacterial infection in tartar causes irreversible changes to occur.

These include the destruction of supportive tissues and bone, resulting in red gums, bad breath and loosening of teeth. This same bacterial infection is also a source of infection for the rest of the body (such as the kidney, liver and heart) and can make your pet seriously ill. Ultimately, dental disease results in many pets unnecessarily suffering tooth loss, gum infection and pain. It also has the potential to shorten your pet’s lifespan.

What if think my pet has dental disease?

Firstly, you should have your pet's teeth examined by one of our veterinarians on a regular basis (every half yearly checkup) and if necessary, follow up with a professional dental clean. Your pet needs to be anaesthetised to carry out a thorough dental examination, and to clean all teeth without distressing them. Our surgery is fully equipped with an Ultrasonic Scaler and dentistry surgical kit to get their teeth white and bright again!

Once sedated the veterinarian will also check all present teeth and evaulate their condition, including the degree of tartar, any underlying gum disease (gingivitis) and any pockets around the teeth.

Our veterinarians will remove any tartar buildup above the gumline using the ultrasonic scaler (just likst a dentist uses for out teeth). The teeth will then be polished, if there is no present dental disease, that will be the end of the procedure. However, if certain teeth are severely affected they cannot be saved, an extraction will be necessary.

After all the dental work is completed, your pet may be given an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory injection.

How can I minimise ongoing dental disease?

Long-term control and prevention of any dental issues requires regular home care. The best way to begin this is to get your pet used to it from a young age. Dental home care may include:

  • Brushing teeth daily – just like us! This is the best form of dental hygiene.  Pet toothbrushes and toothpaste are now available. Please do not use human toothpaste formulas as they are not designed to be swallowed and may be toxic to your pet.

  • Feed pets raw meaty bones or special dental diets. This can help reduce the accumulation of tartar.

  • Use dental toys, enzymatic chews, or teeth cleaning biscuits, all of which may help keep the teeth clean.

Regular and frequent attention to your pet's teeth may avoid the need for a professional dental clean, and will also improve your pet's overall health.