Bad breath isn’t just whiffy, it can also be one of the first major signs of dental problems in pets.
And just like in humans, dental health affects your pet’s overall health. Dental disease contributes to lower life expectancy in our pets.
By the age of 2 years, 80% of pets have dental disease and a staggering 95% by the age of 4 years.
What should I do?
The first step in proper dental care for pets in Hampton Park and the surrounding areas is to make sure you’re bringing them in for their twice yearly wellness check. With regular visits, we can work together to make sure your little companion isn’t already experiencing dental disease.
So what is dental disease?
What do we mean by dental disease? It starts with plaque, that soft furry sensation, that we brush off our own teeth every morning. Plaque is a film of millions of bacteria that is much more resistant to infection than regular bacteria. The plaque hardens on the tooth to form ‘cement like’ tartar.
Eventually this infection invades the gum tooth seal, causing local infection around the tooth and jaw bone…the end result, lose, rotten teeth. Worse still, left untreated the infection can spread locally to cause infections behind eyeballs and risk sight, jaw bone infections leading to fractures and an increased risk of oral cancers due to constant infection.
That’s not all, the infection from the mouth spreads to the rest of the body causing heart, lung, kidney and liver infections and brain infections in the extreme.
You know yourself how distressing a toothache is. Your jaw is pounding with pain, you feel those electric shock jolts when nerve pain hits. It is not different with our pets!
Let’s dispel a myth. We hear it all the time: My pet has dental disease…but my pet is still eating so it must be OK! No it is not! Our pets feel pain just like we do, it’s just that as humans we do not recognize the true extent of an animal’s pain.
Dental disease is a silent killer of pets. That’s right. There are no clear signs until teeth start to fall out.
Preventing dental disease is the only way! This starts with removing plaque, plaque and more plaque — that's where home care comes into play.
And also professional care. That’s where we step in.
How can you help?
There’s a simple answer to how to prevent plaque on your pet’s teeth…this means homecare.
Starting at one year of age, we suggest bringing pets in for a teeth check every six months. This allows us to look for any signs of dental disease and to talk with owners about how to care for their pets’ teeth.
Toothpastes made for humans often contain ingredients that are dangerous for animals, so make sure you discuss proper home care with one of our veterinarians. Whether you’re bringing your Narre Warren South rabbit in for their first dental exam or stopping in for your senior cat’s regularly scheduled dental cleaning, our veterinary team here is happy to help them feel comfortable and at home.
If your pet is showing signs of disease during their checkup, we’ll recommend bringing them back for a full dental cleaning. Hampton Park Veterinary Hospital offers safe and effective dental care for pets in Lynbrook and beyond.
Caring For Life
Centrally located, Hampton Park Veterinary Hospital provides pet dental care in Hampton Park, Lynbrook, Narre Warren South and the surrounding areas, including Narre Warren North, Lyndhurst, Berwick, Hallam, Doveton, Dandenong South, Cranbourne, Cranbourne East, Cranbourne West, Cranbourne South and Endeavour Hills.