Dental exams and treatments are very important for keeping your pet healthy and happy.

Most pet owners go to the dentist once or twice a year to ensure that their oral hygiene, howver they do not think to do the same for their pets. 

Fremantle Animal Hospital offers free nurse dental checks, as well as dental treatments to keep your animal happy and healthy.

Both dogs and cats can develop tartar on their teeth. Left untreated, the bacteria creating the tartar irritates and inflames the gums causing a condition called "Gingivtis". Gingivitis can range in severity and can be graded on a scale of 1-4.

1: Little to no tartar build up and little to know redness or inflamation in the gums.

2: Marginal redness of the gums and a mild build-up of tartar.

3: Red gums that bleed when probed and a moderate build up of tartar.

4: The gums are very red and swollen and will bleed spontaneously. This is very painful for the animal.

Gingivitis is a reversable condition, it can be controlled through a dental treatment by a veterinarian and then further preventitive measures at home to slow the build up of plaque. Build-up of plaque also causes chronic bad breath in pets.

Left untreated, gingivitis can become periodontal disease, which is irriversable. Periodontal disease is a term used to define a group of oral diseases caused by plaque build-up and untreated gingivitis. Periodontal disease can cause severe oral pain that prevents your pet from wanting to eat, teeth and bone to rot, teeth to fall out and leave oral cavities leading to secondary bacterial infecions.