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How does Dental Disease affect my Pet?

Over 70% of cats and 80% of dogs who are 3 years of age or older suffer from significant dental disease.  Dental disease is characterised by the presence of plaque, calculus and gum infection, otherwise known as gingivitis. 

Plaque is a sticky, colorless biofilm of bacteria, sugars and protein that adheres to the teeth.  If plaque is not removed (e.g. by brushing teeth) it mineralises to form tartar (calculus) which is the visible yellow/brown accumulation on teeth. 

 

The bacteria in plaque/tartar then spread underneath the gumline and cause periodontal disease –this is destruction of the structures supporting the teeth -(bones, gums and ligaments) -causing pain, inflammation and eventually infection.  This is painful and irreversible changes occur if dental disease is not identified and treated early enough.

 

Dental disease is graded based on severity from 1-4 and without further preventative care, plaque will begin to reform on the tooth surface within 24 hours of a professional teeth clean (scale and polish).  It is for this reason that we recommend ongoing preventative dental care, with which we are happy to assist, and for which our dental program is designed.  Joining the dental program is free of charge.

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Top 5 Symptoms of Dental Disease

Smelly breath (halitosis)

  • While there are many causes of bad breath, dental disease is by far the most common

  • The smell may start quite subtly, but worsens over time

Reluctance to eat hard food/biscuits, or dropping food

  • Animals are experts at hiding pain and will often simply stop doing things that cause pain.  The most common symptom of dental pain is for animals to stop eating hard food, or to drop it after picking it up

Facial swelling over the cheek

  • Tooth root abscesses often occur on the large molars which can cause a firm, painful swelling underneath the eye

Drooling or red, painful gums

  • Gum infections and dental disease are painful, causing red gums and occasionally drooling

Weight loss

  • As above, animals stop doing things that cause pain, including eating if a particular tooth (or multiple teeth) are very painful.  This decrease in eating can be one cause of weight loss in our pets

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Why Can't my Pet's Teeth be Cleaned in the Consult
Awake?

While plaque and calculus can look unsightly, the real disease process is occurring below the gum line.

 

Removing the visible plaque or calculus on the surface of the tooth does not solve the problem because the plaque is still present in the periodontal sulcus (small pockets of gum that overly each tooth), you just can’t see it anymore.

 

The inflammation and infection may then spread to the tooth’s surrounding structures causing periodontitis.

 

We also find that if the job is done crudely without the correct ultrasonic descaler, damage to the surface of the tooth accelerates further deterioration of the tooth and allows the bacterial film to attach more readily. It is for this reason that each tooth is carefully polished with a dental polisher machine following its cleaning.

What are the Consequences of Dental Disease?

Apart from causing localised pain, inflammation and infection in the mouth, dental disease can have far reaching consequences for the rest of the body through periodontitis allowing access of bacteria into the bloodstream.

 

These include heart disease, diabetes, liver and kidney disease, and there is evidence to show that the systemic effects of untreated periodontal disease can shorten your pet's life.

Dental Month Special 2024

Dental Month Special 2024!

At Vogue Vets & Wellness Centre, we understand the importance of dental health for your furry friends. That's why we're excited to offer our Dental Month Specials this August!

 

Take advantage of our FREE dental health checks with our skilled veterinarians, valued at $100 each, and SAVE AN ADDITIONAL $100 on all dental procedures performed under anaesthesia. *T's & C's apply. 

 

PLUS, all patients undergoing a dental procedure under anaesthetic will be given a FREE dental goody-bag to take home, as well as receiving a FREE dental health plan following their procedure!

 

Don't wait, book your appointment today by calling 6323 2916 and let's work together to keep your pet healthy and happy

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Dental Promo T's & C's

Terms & Conditions - Dental Promotion

  • Promotion Date: 9.00am Thursday 1st August until 5.00pm Friday 30th August, 2024

  • Limited number of procedures are available throughout the month, subject to availability in clinic. Normal policies regarding bookings deposits, and payment of invoices in full on the day, remain applicable throughout the promotions period. Invoices not paid in full on the day of the procedure, will not be eligible for any discounts or other promotional items.   Discounts will be applied to the dental scale and polish procedure fee on the invoice on the day of the procedure, prior to invoice payment and cannot be transferred to other fees including bookings deposits. 

  • Each Animal (Pet) is only eligible for the promotional discount once, and eligibility only applies during the promotional period.​

  • Free Vet Dental checks only apply to consultations regarding dental health.  Any consultations involving discussion of other general health or behavioural conditions, including ear checks, nail trims and anal gland expressions will be charged at normal rates. 

  • ​The $100 discount off dental procedures only applies to dental procedures performed under anaesthesia during the promotional period, and only applies where the dental procedure is the sole procedure being performed under that anaesthetic.  For Animals (Pets) where multiple procedures are performed under the same anaesthetic between 1st and 31st August, a 10% discount may be applied to the "Dental Scale and Polish Procedure Fee", but this will be at the discretion of Vogue Vets.  No further discounts will be applied, and no further discount will apply to other fees charged on that day. 

  • Promotions are not transferable and are not redeemable for cash or credit.  Promotions cannot be applied to past orders.

  • Invoices with the Dental discount applied will not be eligible for any further discounts on services. 

  • The terms of the Promotion, including but not limited to the Promotional Period, may change, be modified or cancelled at any time, with or without notice, by Vogue Vets in its sole discretion

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