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  1. Arti says:

    Gum disease is five times more common in dogs than humans, as dogs have a more alkaline mouth, promoting plaque formation. Dental x-rays are often indicated to see what’s happening below the gum line in the root/socket area. All cases require thorough examination of the patient, both conscious and under anaesthetic. This involves examining every tooth individually, both visually and with a special probe. Extractions or other treatments may be required, and most patients will require scaling and polishing of teeth to remove plaque and tartar before waking up. Also, most dogs don’t have their teeth brushed every day, giving plaque-forming bacteria the chance they need to multiply. Dental disease can be painful, but most animals are extremely good at covering up the signs and will rarely stop eating. Most vets perform a few degree of dentistry, with no such thing as a ‘typical dental’.

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