Slinky's Dental

During the months of August & September, we have a big focus on improving the dental health of our patients and offer our clients a discount to help them care for their pet's teeth and oral health. The team at AdelaideVet have been very busy cleaning, radiographing and removing diseased/damaged teeth. This included one of our own veterinarian’s pet’s teeth too as she had started to notice a bit of an odour…

This is Slinky, who was adopted by one of our vets Dr Deanna. Dr Deanna noticed Slinky had an increasing odour coming from him, and it wasn't going away when they bathed him. When they checked his teeth, he only had a minor amount of plaque building up, but this proved to be enough to produce a smell.

Plaque is like cemented bacteria, so the odour coming from him was actually the bacteria which had built up in his mouth, which causes inflammation of the gums, called gingivitis. Lucky for Slinky, having his teeth checked regularly and the odour being investigated quickly, that was as far as it got.

When this bacteria is left to build up, the inflammation causes the bone supporting the teeth to also break down, and that is when dental radiographs are used to help determine the viability of the teeth and if removal is required.

So Slinky was booked in for scale and polish to remove the hardened bacteria and make his teeth nice and clean again.

When your pet is booked in for any dental procedure they are placed under a general anaesthetic, in order to make sure all of the bacteria and plaque is removed we need to use special instruments to get below the gum line. Just like a human dentist’s equipment, these can be quite noisy. We also need the patient to be perfectly still, an anaesthetic is the most practical way to make sure we are doing the best job possible.

Home dental care and brushing of teeth is just as important as these routine dental procedures to try and reduce the number of bacteria & plaque that builds up, therefore prolonging the amount of time in between dental procedures. There are lots of options available from chew treats to dental diets to help with this at home.

Slinky isn't the biggest fan of having his teeth brushed at home, but he knows that he will get treats in between the job so has learnt to endure it. 

If you brush your cat & dog’s teeth a minimum of every second day, then this should help to keep their teeth on the right track. 

We don't recommend bones to help keep teeth clean as we see many issues with tooth and jaw fractures, they may even cause intestinal obstructions and require surgery. 

This was Slinky a few hours after his dental, waiting for mum to take him home, but first, playtime on the clinic cat, Zuri’s bed!

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