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Preventative Dental Hygiene

Meet Tessa...

Tessa is a 13 year old Collie X.

Tessa visited the clinic for a senior health check with our veterinary nurses. During her examination the nurse noticed that Tessa had tartar build up on her teeth as well as gingivitis and quite bad halitosis. As Tessa had particularly bad dental health it was advised that dentistry was performed.

Due to Tessa's senior age the nurse recommended that pre-operative bloods were taken to assess Tessa's kidney and liver function. This ensured that Tess was healthy enough to have the general anaesthetic required for the dentistry. Bloods were taken and sent to an external laboratory. Tessa's bloods results showed no health concerns it was therefore decided to perform the dentistry.

Tessa was admitted to the clinic and a general anaesthetic was administered. Due to her poor dental health she was asleep for 1 hour whilst 9 teeth were removed. Her remaining teeth were descaled and polished. This allowed all of the tartar to be removed to leave Tessa with clear shiny teeth.

These pictures show the extent of Tessa's dental disease and her teeth after her dentistry.


Prevention is Better than Cure

Although in Tessa's case dentistry was performed successfully for some animals this is not always possible. In some severe cases of dental disease the only solution is for all teeth to be removed. Therefore the best way to cure dental disease is to ensure dental hygiene is maintained to prevent future dental problems.

The most effective way to prevent this is by brushing. Teeth brushing is often a simple and stress-free for owners to manage their dog's dental care.

Dental health can also be improved by :-

  • Feeding a dental diet - this improves dental hygiene by cracking tartar off the teeth as the animal eats.
  • Dental chews.
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