Dental disease is a significant cause of discomfort and illness in companion animals. It’s easy to overlook if the pet is still eating. But think about how bad things would have to be for you tostop eating when you’re really, really hungry! That gives you an idea of how your cat or dog might be toughing out some severe pain he or she can’t tell you about. cosmetic dentist London
February is Pet Dental Health Month. You’re probably tired of all the media attention and Pet Dental Health parades so I’ll try to make this as painless as possible, and then we’ll polish you up and send you on your way.dental implants London
Managing dental issues in companion animals is relatively new. Horses have always demanded close attention to their teeth, since the teeth grow continuously. Their big choppers and grinders need regular filing, or “floating,” to keep the horse happy and healthy. If it sounds like something the horse wouldn’t enjoy, you’re right: it takes sedation and a special rig to hold the patient’s head in position.
There’s a lot of coaching available to help people brush their pets’ teeth, which is a great preventive step I encourage you to do (it takes patience, finesse, tasty pet-specific toothpaste, and an agreeable animal). But just as with people, it’s not a complete oral-care regimen. And no, crunchy kibble isn’t going to finish the job. If it did, we’d all munch thick tortilla chips and kiss our twice-yearly dentist visits goodbye.
With cats and dogs, it’s actually fairly straightforward to just knock off the tartar and make things look better. Or it would be, if the patient cooperated. The hard bit is that even a friendly, tolerant cat or dog literally can’t hold still for the poking and probing that a comprehensive exam requires, much less cooperate with X-rays. They’re just not going to clamp down on the dental film and quietly read a magazine. Not going to spit in the little sink. And cleaning off the visible tartar is only half the job, maybe less. That’s why a thorough exam and cleaning calls for anesthesia.
I know, dental work can be expensive—largely because of that anesthesia. It’s good to be wary of sedation and general anesthesia, as with a human patient. But I’ll tell you why scrimping on cost here isn’t wise or healthy. And I urge you to avoid the unlicensed “anesthesia-free” cleaning services you might encounter…read more
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