You can help reduce plaque with daily brushing with vet recommended toothpaste designed for pets. You can also use dental hygiene chews which help combat plaque and tartar build-up. A good quality food helps with prevention of tartar and a reduced risk of gum disease. A prescription diet may be recommended for pets that already have issues with plaque build-up or gum disease.
Symptoms of dental disease includes : bad breath, pain when eating, red and swollen gums, loose or lost teeth, lower appetite, preference for soft foods, yellow or brownish build-up on the teeth at the gum line.
While you should have your pet’s teeth checked at the annual check-up, if you discover signs of dental health issues at any other point, ensure your pet is checked by your vet as soon as possible.
Hamilton Veterinary Clinic is equipped with the most sophisticated dental equipment including ultrasonic scalers, low and high speed dental drills as well as a dedicated dental x-ray unit. After treatment, your vet may require a more regular dental check-up for your pet.