Did you know that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over 3 years old have some form of periodontal (dental) disease? Dental disease causes bad breath (halitosis) and pain, it is also a source of infection and can make your pet seriously ill. Dental disease is preventable in the vast majority of cases and in most cases, easy to achieve at home.
There are many different methods to keep your pet's teeth "pearly white" and these should be started while they are puppies and kittens. For adult cats and dogs with existing dental disease, a dental treatment with a scale and polish under general anaesthetic is often necessary to get their mouth back into top condition. This will allow us to start prevention with a clean mouth which needs to be continued at home to hopefully prevent, or slow down dental disease developing again in the future.
Check out the image for what your pet’s teeth can look like before and after a scale and polish.