Dentistry

Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.

Common signs of oral disease include:

  • tartar buildup (creamy-brown, hard material)
  • red and swollen gums
  • bad breath
  • loss of appetite related to difficulty eating and chewing food
  • pawing at the face

A veterinarian should evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. This is important because even with regular brushing, plaque and tartar are deposited on the tooth surface above and below the gumline, out of sight. This leads to gum inflammation and even tooth loss.

Dental disease can affect other organs in the body. Bacteria in the mouth can get into the blood stream and may cause life threatening diseases including heart, kidney, liver and lung disease.Your pet’s dental health program should begin with an annual check-up and cleaning by your veterinarian. We are equipped to ultrasonically scale your pet’s teeth and give them a fluoride polish.Extractions are performed only when necessary.
Our new dental x-ray machine will provide faster and more accurate in-house diagnosis of tooth problems that are not easily visible on the surface.

We refer to a veterinary dental specialist for more extensive dental procedures such as root canal therapy etc.

Visit Dr. Fraser Hale at www.toothvet.ca for more information on animal dentistry.