- Dogs and cats
instinctively hide their pain.
They will still eat even when their mouths hurt badly, so the
thought that, “He’s eating OK” does not mean that,
- The “let’s watch
it and see if it becomes a problem” approach is equivalent to
sweeping dental pain and infection under the rug.
- Advanced age
does not prevent us from performing dental procedures in older
pets. Pain and infection are more common in older pets and should
be eliminated for them just as it is for younger pets. Old friends
shouldn’t suffer needlessly.
- Over 30% of
adult cats have a degenerative dental condition (resorptive
lesions) recognizable as an “eating away” of tooth structure that
results in pain and tooth loss.
about Resorptive Lesions in
- “Clipping” puppy or kitten
teeth will always cause pain and infection and can endanger the
developing adult tooth.
- Puppy and kitten
teeth should always fall out as the adult tooth erupts, if not,
they should be extracted ASAP.
- Injuries to
puppy or kitten teeth can lead to disease of the developing adult
Gum disease is the most common infectious
disease of dogs and cats.
85% of pets over
3 years of age need some treatment for gum disease.
breath is almost always caused by gum
is the most effective way to control gum disease in dogs and
Brushing only once or
twice a week, unfortunately, provides minimal
cannot control gum infections because the bacteria grow in a
protective film that the drugs cannot penetrate.
Antibiotics are not a
substitute for thorough mechanical dental
done without anesthesia are incomplete, inadequate, cosmetic only,
potentially dangerous, and provide little real benefit.
Natural bones, nylon bones,
cow hooves, and ice cubes are the most frequent causes of broken
- Discolored teeth
are almost always dead teeth and are presumed to be abscessed
- Broken teeth
that have the pulp (nerves) exposed are painful and will eventually
die and abscess. They should either be
extracted or have root canal therapy.
- Draining wounds
or recurrent swellings under the eye of a dog are almost always
caused by an abscessed tooth.
More about Broken
Teeth or Discolored Teeth
- Oral growths are common in
both dogs and cats.
- Most oral
growths in cats are aggressive cancers.
- Early diagnosis
and surgery are the keys to controlling most oral