Dental Month: Check Chompers, Save Cash

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

For decades now our head vet, Dr Tony Atyeo has said that every month is Dental Health month! But this August we’re embracing it so we can do our bit to help Hugo wipe out periodontal disease in your pets.

We’ve harped on a bit about how periodontal disease can cause serious repercussions for your pets’ health. It doesn’t just make their mouth uncomfortable, but it can also cause infections that affect the heart, liver and kidneys, having detrimental effects on their long-term health.

Vet holds open the mouth of an anaethetised dog with severe plaque and tartar build up on their teeth
A before shot of a Grade 3 Dental operation. By this stage preventative measures would be ineffective in treating the decay

We’ve also banged on about how prevalent the condition is in Australia, with an estimated 4 out of every 5 dogs suffering from Periodontal disease by the age of 6.

But rather than just warn you all about it, Hugo has tasked us with doing something about it.

So we want to encourage you to bring your pets in for a complimentary (which is a fancy way of saying free), no obligation dental check.

It’s really common for animals to have bad breath, so common we often don’t think anything of it, and regard it as normal. But it’s not. This acceptance of bad breath means that dental problems can be quite advanced by the time a vet sees them.

In our clinics we often see animals with teeth in need of repair, but the costs of having surgery performed put the procedures out of reach of some owners’ budgets, and unfortunately it is their pet which suffers.

Vet holds open the mouth of a dog who has undergone a dental operation to remove plaque and tartar
After the procedure the pet’s teeth have been cleaned and preventative measures can again be effective

The best, most affordable way to combat periodontal disease is to prevent it.

Prevention methods can be as simple as feeding your pet more dental sticks or adding mouth-cleaning additives to their water. Periodontal disease that is recognised before it becomes established can be treated with regular brushing of puss or pup’s choppers.

For slightly more advanced cases a scale and clean can bring the teeth back to health and make these prevention methods effective again.

The biggest thing we can do to help eliminate periodontal disease is to make sure we can intervene before it becomes established and hard to treat.

And this is where our August Dental Health Month challenge comes in. The earlier periodontal disease is recognised, the easier (and cheaper) it is to treat, and we want to help as many owners as we can to notice the signs of periodontal disease and to help them to adopt cheaper, preventative measures before the disease progresses to the point where it needs surgical intervention.

At all our clinics you can book in for a complimentary, no-obligation dental health check, where a vet nurse can assess your pets’ mouth, teeth and gums, and let you know if periodontal disease is present, how advanced it is, and what options there are for prevention or treatment.

You’re under no obligation to book in for any treatments but forewarned is for-armed, as they say.

So please, help us (and Hugo) make a dent in the number of cases of periodontal disease we see by bringing your furry one into one of our clinics and getting a complimentary (i.e. free) dental check.

Anzac the dog holds a toothbrush in his mouth while sitting in his bed
Anzac knows the value of great dental health!

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