We’ll check your dog’s teeth for FREE during July & August to help detect dental disease.
Over 80% of dogs develop dental disease by the age of three.
If your dog has either bad breath, discoloured teeth, loose teeth, a change in their appetite or behaviour - chances are your best friend may be experiencing the pain and discomfort of dental disease.
So what is dental disease? It begins when bacteria and food in your dog's mouth accumulate on the teeth forming plaque which sticks to the surface of the teeth. Saliva in the mouth then causes the plaque to harden into tartar which becomes firmly attached to the teeth causing discolouration, bad breath and further infection.
The unsightly tartar build up on your dog’s teeth can often be an obvious indication of dental disease, however it’s what happens to the nearby gum tissue that’s also of concern.
Bacteria creep into the adjacent gum tissue around the teeth causing inflammation and infection – referred to as gingivitis. This causes pain, bad breath and discomfort in the mouth, and can damage and erode the teeth. If gingivitis is left unchecked the infection subsequently travels underneath the gum line and destroys the attachment of the tooth to the bone and erodes the jaw - this is called periodontal disease and ultimately results in pain, bleeding and tooth loss. Whilst gingivitis can be treated and the tooth can be saved, periodontal disease can't and is an irreversible process- once bone from around the roots of the teeth are lost it can not be recovered and the tooth needs to be removed. This is why preventative dental treatment is essential to preserve your dog's teeth.
Dogs with dental disease are also at risk of developing infections elsewhere in the body because bacteria in the gum tissue can enter the bloodstream, potentially causing problems with your dog’s heart, liver and kidneys. Some breeds of dog can also be more at risk of developing dental disease due to the compact shape of their mouth. Older dogs are also at greater risk, because their immune systems may be less able to withstand the impact of bacteria entering the bloodstream.
The signs of dental disease can sometimes be difficult to see, but the good news is that we’re here to help. During July and August the team at Sydney Animal Hospitals are providing FREE dog dental checks with a veterinary nurse, to examine your dog’s mouth for signs of dental disease. We're also offering some great deals on dog dental scale and polish procedures and Hills Dental Diet food, to help keep your dog’s teeth clean and healthy. Book your dog in for a FREE dental check today!
DENTAL DISEASE: Close up of a dog’s mouth showing discoloured teeth affected by dental disease, then a photo after our dental treatment.
How do we treat and prevent dental disease in dogs?
Having an annual dental check and ongoing dental care for your dog can help prevent teeth and gum issues. Once we’ve determined the extent of any dental disease in your dog’s mouth, we can advise you about the best options to treat it. Take advantage of our FREE dog dental checks with a veterinary nurse during July and August by contacting your nearby Sydney Animal Hospital to book an appointment.
Dog dental care includes scale and polish procedures to clean and treat your dog’s teeth, plus considering regular use of dental chews and special dental foods which can help prevent dental disease.
Veterinary treatment – dental scale and polish
Your veterinarian is your pet’s dentist, and they’re available to examine your dog’s mouth and perform professional teeth cleaning and treatment. A dental scale and polish procedure involves your pet undergoing a short anaesthetic. The procedure involves a thorough mouth examination, and then an ultrasonic scaler is used to clean the plaque and tartar off the teeth. During this process, any infected or loose teeth can be identified and if necessary, removed.
We can also use x-rays to assess the teeth and nearby jaw bone health. If any tooth extractions are required, our vets will ensure your pet is pain free by providing pain relief medication and often use local anaesthetic around the affected tooth. A dog dental scale and polish procedure is usually a day procedure in the veterinary hospital, which means your pet will be ready to return home the same day for lots of hugs and pats! Watch video of a dental procedure on a dog at Sydney Animal Hospitals here.
Prevention strategies to keep your dog’s mouth healthy
There are several things you can do to help reduce the build-up of plaque and tartar on your dog’s teeth and prevent the development of dental disease.
Dog dental chews – we all know dogs love to chew, and there are several brands of dental chews available which can help reduce tartar build up. The way these dental chews work is that they become sticky when chewed by your dog, and this draws plaque and tartar off the teeth helping to keep the teeth clean. During our Dog Dental months of July and August, if you book in for a free vet nurse dog dental check, we have some great free Dental Starter Packs to give away which contain discounts for OraVET® Dental Hygiene Chews, Hill’s™ Dental Care food and other information on how to keep your dog’s teeth healthy.
Teeth brushing – much like people brushing their teeth to keep them clean, you can also brush your dog’s teeth using a dog tooth brush and special dog toothpaste. This mechanical brushing action against the teeth surface will help slow the build-up of plaque and tartar. When you book in for your free vet nurse dog dental check, ask us to show you how to brush your dog’s teeth. We’ll also give you a free Dental Starter Pack which contains a dog toothbrush, toothpaste and other dental health samples.
Feeding a healthy mouth – an easy way to help prevent the development of dental disease in your dog, is to consider feeding them a specially formulated dog dental biscuit diet, such as Hill’s™ Dental Care t/d Biscuits. When your dog chews these special dog biscuits, as they crunch them up the biscuits help to abrade the surface of the teeth reducing the amount of plaque and tartar on the teeth – slowing the development of dental disease. Watch a video of how this works here. During our Dog Dental months of July and August, we’re offering 50% off the price of Hill’s™ Dental Care t/d Biscuits – come and visit one of our hospitals to purchase this for your dog.
Dog Dental months during July and August
During July and August the team at Sydney Animal Hospitals are providing FREE dog dental checks with a veterinary nurse, to examine your dog’s mouth for signs of dental disease. We're also offering some great deals on dog dental procedures including cleaning and polishing teeth, treating gingivitis and periodontal disease and digital dental radiology. There's also great deals on Hill’s™ Dental Care food, to help keep your dog’s teeth clean and healthy, with every dental procedure receiving a bag of Hill’s™ Dental Care food to try at home.
Drop your dog in for a FREE dental check today at your local Sydney Animal Hospitals
T&C's - Valid from 1st July 2019 to 31st August 2019 Bookings are essential. The free dog dental check is performed by a qualified vet nurse, if any further treatments are required, you will be quoted to see a vet. Dental starter pack's available until stock runs out.