Descaling for dogs and cats and dental x-rays

Over time, tartar can build up on your pet's teeth and damage their teeth and gums. Bacteria can also get into the bloodstream and affect other organs. Since it is often difficult to clean your pet's teeth, scaling every 2 or 3 years is often necessary. Find out more about cat teeth scaling or dog teeth scaling.

How does dental tartar develop in animals?

The appearance of tartar in cats and dogs is caused by the millions of bacteria that settle on teeth surfaces. These bacteria organize themselves into a biofilm. Their accumulation causes the appearance of dental plaque. When the latter mineralizes, your pet is said to have tartar.

What are the consequences of tartar formation?

The first symptom of tartar is the bad breath which has nothing to do with the smell of your pet's food. If plaque and tartar continue to build up, the gum tissue may become red and severely irritated. Your pet then suffers from gingivitis. It’s the first stage of periodontal disease.

Pockets conducive to bacteria multiplication will appear in the gums. The tooth socket’s bone will be destroyed, which will cause loose teeth.  Germs can then get into the bloodstream and other organs, which can cause health problems for your pet, such as heart or kidney failure.

Tartar build-up and its consequences also cause mouth pain and this impacts your pet’s mood and behavior.

How to prevent tartar formation?

Maintaining good oral hygiene in your pet is necessary to prevent tartar formation. This is done with regular tooth brushing.

Get them used to it from an early age, even if it’s not easy at first. When brushing is not possible, other products can be used, such as chewable strips.

How is the cat teeth scaling and dog teeth scaling process done?

Cat teeth scaling and dog teeth scaling is an intervention that does not cause your pet any pain. It is practiced under general anesthesia by a veterinarian. The animal is intubated for the operation’s duration. Using ultrasound, the tartar is gradually removed.

Does cat teeth scaling or dog teeth scaling cause your pet's teeth to fall out?

Scaling doesn’t cause your pet's teeth to fall out. However, sometimes a tooth with a destroyed root is only attached to the gum with tartar. The loose tooth then becomes useless if only to make the animal suffer.

Dental x-rays

Your veterinarian may need to take x-rays to your pet. This is done using a digital x-ray machine. The images obtained make it possible to detect dental abscess or other periodontal diseases invisible to the naked eye.

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