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Dental Disease

Did you know that less than 10% of pets in the UK get regular dental treatment? As with humans, dental disease is a serious issue that can lead to a number of health problems for your pet if not treated properly. To help you get a better understanding of dental disease, our vets have put together a little quiz to offer you the facts and dispel some common myths.

Questions

Q1 – Dental disease in pets is not that common

a) True
b) False

Q2 - Dental disease can reduce your pet’s life expectancy

a) True
b) False

Q3 – Dental disease is not painful to your pet

a) True
b) False

Q4 – Older animals are more prone to dental problems than younger animals

a) True
b) False

Q5 – There are options available to help manage my pet’s dental health

a) True
b) False

Answers

Q1 – Answer: b) False

Dental disease is by far the most common major health problem for cats and dogs. Almost all pets will suffer from dental disease at some point in their lives. Regular veterinary check-ups are critical to diagnose and address dental disease before it becomes severe. Click here to book your dental and full health check with a vet in your area.

Q2 – Answer: a) True

Dental disease can reduce your pet’s life expectancy by up to 20%! This is due to the body having to fight infection and deal with toxins produced by bacteria in the mouth. Dental disease affects your pet’s immune system and puts stress on the liver, kidneys and heart.

Q3 Answer: b) False

As with humans, gum disease can be very painful and affect your pet’s quality of life. Bacteria-laden plaque, uncomfortable tartar, painful gums and rotting tooth-roots lead to an extremely uncomfortable mouth. Unfortunately, our pets tend to suffer in silence making it difficult to know if they are in pain. A regular dental check can help determine if your pet is suffering from an unhealthy mouth.

Q4 Answer: b) False

Any age of pet can be affected by dental disease. Some pets as young as 1 year of age can have severe dental problems. In fact, studies show over 80% of dogs suffer a stage of gum disease before they are three years old!

Q5 Answer: b) True

Good dental care starts with the correct diet and home care- like brushing your pet’s teeth. Regular brushing of your cat or dog’s teeth can greatly reduce the accumulation of plaque and development of tartar, thus reducing the risk of dental disease. Should this not work, then regular dental scale and polish procedures by your vet will help reduce the incidence of dental problems.