Wellness Pet Dentistry – Because Prevention Is Better than Cure


” Around 80% of pets over three years of age have some form of dental disease.”

So in response to this staggering statistic we have designed a new, early intervention “Pet Dental Wellness” programme to keep more advanced dental disease at bay.

Symptoms of Dental Disease

• Bad breathe or “ halitosis”
• Drooling
• Tooth discolouration
• Going off their food
• General lethargy

Causes of Dental Disease

• Plaque & gingivitis
• Broken teeth
• Retained baby teeth
• Exposed tooth root
• Teeth out of kilter
• Overgrown gums

Dental Wellness Programme

So why do so many pets develop plaque – the first stage of dental disease? Unfortunately, as with humans, the main cause is simply a genetic predisposition and as such is considered a normal physiological process.

Dental Consults – Free During Dental Health Month – August 2016

• 20-minute consultation
• Discuss Pet History Questionnaire
• Plaque disclosing solution applied to teeth

• Oral examination where possible
• Photo of plaque areas shown on IPad where possible

Wellness Dentals – Grade 1 and 2 Periodontal Disease Scale and Polish

• Day procedure
• Free 2- 3 day post=operative check up
• Free 6 –month follow up consult with SMS, email reminder

The Dental Procedure

Hand held digital dental xray unit

o Admission appointment with theatre nurse between 8 .00 am – 8.30 am
o Pre-anaesthetic blood test and intravenous drip
o Anaesthetise
o Oral exam
 -Periodontal probe looking for degree of attachment
 -This is the point where the crown reaches the root
 -We go around the whole mouth checking for any anomalies
 -Chart the whole mouth on a dental chart
o Digital x-ray to see what is happening above and below the gum line
o Ultrasonic scale and polish
o Use plaque disclosing solution to ensure no plaque left behind
o Take post-operative iPad photo so we can compare the before and after views of the plaque.
o Recovery
o Post-operative discharge appointment

Dental x-ray screen

Grade 1 Dental Disease

Marginal gingivitis
Grade 2 Dental Disease

Established gingivitis
Grade 2 dental disease

Other Dental Procedures Offered

With a special interest in Small Animal Dentistry we can treat the following :

Grade 3 Dental Disease

Early periodontitis
Grade 3 dental disease

Grade 4 Dental Disease

Established periodontitis
Grade 4 dental disease

• Resorptive lesions (teeth)
• Fractured teeth
• Root exposure
o Receding gums
o Periodontal disease
• Retained deciduous teeth
o Primarily canines
• Oral trauma
o Avulsion – teeth knocked out
• Attrition
o Dogs that chew toys
• Malocclusions
o Brachycephalic dogs
o Teeth out of kilter
o E.g. pugs
o Grossly abnormal spacing
o Chronically painful
• Gingival hyperplasia
o Gums overgrow teeth
o Whole bottom row can disappear
o Boxers & Collies
o Some calcium channel blocking drugs can cause this too
o Cyclosporin
o Gums harden – form pockets
• Crown amputations
• Extractions
1. Fillings