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Dental disease is an extremely common problem in our pets in Essex and can lead to pain and infection or sometimes more serious complications. At Forest Vets we will examine your pet's teeth at their routine annual checkups and make a recommendation if any treatment is necessary. Dental procedures are performed under general anaesthetic with an endotracheal tube and throat pack to protect the airway. All tartar is removed using an ultrasonic scaler, followed by polishing.

Since these are mostly older animals, they will usually have a pre-operative blood test on the morning of the procedure and have supportive intravenous fluids and blood pressure monitoring throughout. All of our procedures include full dental x-rays, which is essential to identify problems below the surface of the gum and to decide on the best extraction technique. Our vets and nurses can discuss with you the best preventative care for your pet's teeth.

Here at Forest Vets, we understand that your pet’s dental hygiene is just as important as any other routine and preventative treatment. Like humans, pets can develop a build-up of tartar, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing your pet's teeth once or twice a day is the best option for good oral hygiene.

Signs of dental disease in pets

  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Visible tartar build-up on teeth
  • Red or inflamed gums (gingivitis)
  • Discoloured teeth
  • Drooling
  • Loose teeth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Slowness or reluctance to eat
  • Chewing on one side of the mouth
  • Dropping food from the mouth when eating
  • Swelling around the mouth (from potential tooth root abscesses)

We are happy to answer any questions you may have, as well as advising you on the recommended products or dental diets for your pet. Contact Forest Vets for a consultation.

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