In 2017 the clinic invested over $30 000 in a new dental machine and a new dental x-ray machine. This has improved our ability to get teeth clean and has advanced our removal of those teeth that can’t be saved. The dental x-ray machine allows us to identify those teeth that are diseased at the roots but visibly look healthy. This improves our decision making and most importantly allows us to provide the best care to our patients.

It is part of our routine clinical examination to look at your animal’s dental health. We do this because dental disease is one of the most prevalent health issues seen in our pets today. Eighty percent of pets today have dental disease. Dental disease not only impacts your pet’s mouth but it also impacts the overall wellbeing of your animal. When an animal has bad dental disease not only does it cause bad breath, red and or bleeding gums, difficulty eating due to pain and discomfort, loss of teeth and bone, it can also cause bacterial infections to enter the bloodstream. The bacterial infection can spread throughout the body resulting in permanent damage to the heart, kidneys and liver.

Dental disease has a grading system. We use this grading system to help determine if deterioration is occurring and to help decide on the best treatment/ prevention plan.


gingivitis grade 1

Grade 1 = red and irritated gumline (called gingivitis) secondary to tartar build up.

gingivitis grade 2

Grade 2 = red/swollen gums (severe gingivitis) and tartar build up.

gingivitis grade 3

Grade 3 = red/swollen gums (severe gingivitis) with bleeding and slight to moderate gum recession. Bone loss around the tooth roots also occurs

gingivitis grade 4

Grade 4 = red/swollen gums (severe gingivitis) with bleeding and severe gum recession. Bone loss around the tooth roots is more extensive.

The progression of dental disease can be prevented or slowed down with early intervention of dental foods and treats, regular home cleaning and in some cases a general anaesthetic to scale and polish the teeth.

Please ask the vet for more information if you are concerned about your pet’s dental health