It is crucial to know that it is not easy for a dog to let you know when it has dental pain. This is because all dogs can withstand a certain level of dental pains and diseases in their lives. The best method to enable one to realize when a dog is experiencing dental aches is ensuring a routine dental check-up at home. To make this home-based examination effective, complement it with the dental cleaning and care performed regularly by veterinary professionals (a veterinary nurse and veterinarian).
Daily brushing is one of the appropriate dental care options that can be done at home. Just As human beings brush their teeth daily, dogs teeth need to be brushed too to remove biofilm and plaque from their teeth to avoid dental diseases. The majority of dogs will only tolerate their teeth brushed by their owners. We will, therefore, do the following: give you teaching on how to brush a dogs teeth and provide you with the information on the best dental paste and toothbrush considering the size of your dog. Brushing your dog’s teeth is an exercise that can help owners bond with their dog, and eventually, the dog will begin to enjoy this process.
However, we are aware that not all dogs will endure having their teeth brushed, and not all individuals are willing to clean their dog's teeth. We can help you find an alternative solution that can be done at home. According to the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC), there are many dog diets and treats that can provide alternative ways to improve dental health in case the dog is unable to tolerate brushing. (vohc.org.) These treats and approved diets offer more supplemental dental maintenance.
During our regular veterinary visits, we will assess your dog's teeth and guide you on the care that your pet needs to undergo. We are able to check for signs of broken teeth, gingivitis, periodontal disease, oral lesions, and other dental aches. Our trained doctors may recommend a veterinary controlled dental cleaning. We have assembled some information and hints that will help you take good dental care of your dog. This information should not serve as a treatment tool but an educating tool on how to become a better caretaker of your pets.
Some people believe in the myth that dog's habits, such as eating feces, drinking toilet waste, and self-grooming behaviors, are the causes of bad breath in dogs' mouths. However, bad breath is not accounted for only by such habits. It can be accounted for by infected dental tissue and gums in the dog's mouth. These signs could also indicate advanced dental disease. This can only improve if a good home care plan is followed and ensuring veterinary teeth cleaning occurs.
The best method that a dog owner can practice to prevent issues of dog dental disease is to become proactive. The first thing is to ensure regular dental cleanings happen and that owners stay vigilant. You should seek veterinary assistance if your dog shows any of these signs or symptoms. Following these symptoms, a veterinary officer will schedule an appointment for your dog as soon as possible to address the identified problem.
Broken, loose or missing teeth
Halitosis /Bad breath
Lesions in the mouth
Nasal discharge or blood in the saliva
Loss of appetite or problems eating
Red, swollen, or bleeding gums (especially the molars)
While conducting an oral checkup, a veterinarian will look for symptoms/signs of ill health or abnormality, including the following:
Broken or fractured teeth
Underbite, Overbite, malocclusion or teeth that fail to fit together
periodontal disease and Gingivitis
During your next visit, our veterinarian will give you a customized treatment or prevention plan based on the results of your dog’s dental exam.
Here at East Roswell Vet Hospital, we give dental care service to dogs where our veterinarians conduct comprehensive examination first. If they find any dental issues, they explain the condition and also recommend the right treatment that your pet needs. Under sedation on the day of a dental procedure, they further probe more to find out if the patient is suffering from gingivitis or any periodontal disease.
Sometimes the dog may be in pain due to the abscessed roof even though the crown of the tooth looks normal. Our veterinarians use all the tools to identify such issues to ensure the dog is free from dental pain and diseases.
The following six-step protocol is used by our veterinarians when conducting dental treatment for dogs. However, these steps can be amended depending on different factors such as pre-existing health conditions and the results found during the dog checkup.
General anesthesia is necessary during this examination and in the cleaning process.
We only use harmless anesthesia procedures and human excellent products. Your dog is continually monitored during and after these procedures for the most comfortable and safest experience.
A comprehensive dental exam will be conducted before we start any dental process. Dental radiographs are likely to be taken at this stage to help our veterinarians having a complete view of the teeth’s internal anatomy including surrounding bone and the roots. A complete dental chart is then used to keep the record of your pet’s dental health and all other procedures done during the examination.
Hand and Ultrasonic scaling to get rid of tartar and plaque below and above the line of the gum.
The teeth’s surface is polished to make it smooth after scaling; thus making the teeth resistant to further formation of plaque.
Flushing to get rid of dislodged tartar, bacteria and plaque from the dog’s mouth.
Oral surgery is recommended if an infected tooth needs to be extracted or if there is a major gum problem.
Oral surgery can help your dog live longer without dental pains. Our veterinary team is able to resolve different oral maladies, such as follows:
Removal of oral tumor
Gingival surgery - including removal of tumors and excess gum tissue which can cause periodontal disease
Extensive removal of damaged or impacted teeth
Our facility is well equipped to allow our veterinary staff to carry on any oral surgery in order to assist your dog in regaining and living a healthy, quality life.
Periodontal disease is one of the most common clinical conditions faced by adult canines. Most dogs begin to show signs of periodontal disease at 3 years old. There are other signs besides bad breath which indicate that a dog is suffering from periodontal disease. However, most dog owners delay getting professional diagnoses making it hard to prevent damages on dental areas. If Periodontal disease in dogs is left untreated, it will result in infection of the teeth, non-treatable teeth (those that are extracted), and severe dental pain.
However, we can’t overemphasize that periodontal disease is fully preventable. The best way to effectively do so is by scheduling semi-annual dental examinations and regular teeth cleanings. Through this, you are now assured that your dog is at low risk of suffering from periodontal diseases.
It is effortless to schedule an appointment with any of our veterinarians. Just make a call or send an email, it’s that easy. Our veterinary team is here to ensure that your dog stays healthy and comfortable without any dental pain.