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Dental Season 2024

Every year, Bilgola Vet Clinic has a Dental season to help raise awareness on the importance of pet dental health.
 

During the months of June, July and August, we offer 20% off dental scale and polish procedures.

This means a savings of at least $100.00 off every procedure. 

It is estimated by the age of 3 years old that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will have some stage of periodontal disease.

Periodontal or gum disease is caused by plaque and calculus build up on your pets teeth.
Plaque forms through food and bacteria in the mouth and forms in under 24 hours. The plaque combines with saliva and mineralises which forms calculus which forms in 48 hours. The calculus builds up over time and travels under the gums which causes gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). The gum becomes infected and causes gum recession and loosening of the tooth. It also will begin to recede the alveolor bone (jaw bone).

Eventually if untreated, it will cause the tooth root to die and need extraction.


The first signs of dental disease are often subtle.
You may notice bad breath, difficulty eating, pain, chewing on one side or increased saliva around the mouth also may be seen. Dental disease is very common and can make your pet very sick.

Prevention by early recognition and intervention is key.

If you would like more information or to book your pet for a dental procedure please call our staff on 9918 0022.

Dental Season FAQ's

What does a dental scale and polish during Dental Season include?

  • Pre anaesthetic blood test to assess internal organ function and red and white blood count before an anaesthetic

  • Full day hospitalisation and nursing care

  • Dental scale and polish procedure under general anaesthetic

  • Intravenous fluid therapy throughout the procedure

  • Discount of 20% on the scale and polish price

  • Free sample dental diet

  • Free sample dental chew

How important is dental health to my pet?

Over 300 species of bacteria live within your pets mouth!
Severe dental disease can significantly shorten the life expectancy of your pet and is linked to heart, liver and kidney disease.

Pets are extremely good at hiding any dental pain they may have as they instinctually are programmed they must eat to survive. 

Dental health is directly linked to the vitality, longevity, and happiness of our pets, making it a top priority for vets. We want to educate pet owners about the importance of dental health and ensure that every pet has a healthy and pain free mouth that they deserve. 

How often should I get my pets teeth checked?
 

Your pets teeth will be assessed by our Vets every year at your pet's annual health check and vaccination. 

For animals with cases of severe periodontal disease, the Vet may recommend a dental examination every 6 months. 

What can you do at home to help prevent dental disease?

There are numerous ways to help prevent the progression and build up of bacteria in the mouth.
These include:
 

Tooth brushing is the single best way to reduce plaque formation. This needs to be done daily using a finger brush or pet toothbrush. You can also buy a specific pet toothpaste with enjoyable flavours such as chicken, beef or peanut butter. 
 

Dental diets

These diets are specially formulated to crack calculus off your pets teeth through its unique shape and size but remain a complete and balanced diet. We would recommend Hills t/d or Royal Canin Dental. 

 

Dental chews

Are a daily palatable treat that have a unique chewy texture to assist in removing plaque off your pets teeth.

We would recommend Greenies or Oravet chews.
 

Water additives

These can be added to your pets everyday water bowl, this will reduce the amount of bacteria and plaque in the mouth.

We would recommend Oxyfresh which is a tasteless and odourless liquid. 

Plaque off Powder

This product uses Norwegian brown seaweed which affects the ability of plaque to 'stick' to the tooth and form calculus.

It also can to help remove existing plaque. 

Anti Gulp bowls 

Specific feeding bowls for pets who swallow their food without chewing. Eating food to fast or swallowing food whole does not allow sufficient contact time between the food and teeth, hence plaque progressing to tartar develops.

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