Tartar is caused by the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. It can cause gum pain and periodontal diseases. Brushing your pet’s teeth is recommended to prevent the formation of tartar and plaque. Hôpital Vétérinaire Roussillon offers cat and dog dental cleaning services.
How does tartar form?
More than 350 types of bacteria can be found in your pet’s mouth. When these spread, they produce substances that are deposited on the surface of the teeth to form a biofilm. When the biofilm thickens, it turns into plaque. When this mineralizes and spreads over the gums, it becomes tartar.
What are the consequences of tartar?
Tartar isn’t just responsible for your pet’s bad breath. It can also cause gingivitis—that is, an inflammation of the gums, which then become very red. It can also cause oral infections, such as abscesses. When tartar microbes circulate in the blood, they can contribute to the development of health problems, such as heart and kidney disease.
How to prevent the appearance of tartar
To prevent the appearance of tartar, the first thing to do is to ensure that your pet maintains good oral hygiene. To do this, their teeth must be cleaned regularly. There are some types of kibble designed specifically for brushing teeth. Check out our online store to learn more about these products.
When is it preferable to have a cat or dog dental cleaning done?
In some cases, cat teeth scaling is done once they reach adulthood. It is recommended to examine the teeth regularly, starting with the back teeth and premolars, then proceeding to the fangs. If you notice that their gums are swollen, it’s best to have the tartar removed as quickly as possible. Cat teeth scaling is usually done every 2 or 3 years.
Dog teeth scaling is done starting from adulthood. Poor dental hygiene is usually the main risk factor for the appearance of tartar. However, other factors can contribute to the appearance of tartar, such as age, breed, kidney and digestive problems, obesity, lack of exercise, and diet.
How is a dog or cat teeth scaling performed?
Cat and dog teeth scaling is performed by a veterinarian under general anaesthesia. Once they are asleep, the tartar is removed using an ultrasound. The surgical operation does not cause any pain.
For your cat or dog teeth scaling, trust Hôpital Vétérinaire Roussillon!
For over 25 years, Hôpital Vétérinaire Roussillon has provided dental and medical care to your pet. Our mission is to offer services according to your pet’s needs. If your pet needs to have a teeth scaling done, contact us now. We will be pleased to answer all your questions.