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Frankston Heights Veterinary Centre
231 Frankston-Flinders Rd
VIC 3199

03 5971 4888
03 5971 4887

Now before you think I'm mad, I know I've already done a blog post about dental disease. But, it's one of the most important thing is that we see. And it's national Pet Dental month in August. So I thought I'd do a quick recap.

I promise not to go on too much!




In our small-animal vet practice we see three kinds of mouths: clean, dirty, and diseased.

Unless you take precautions, clean mouths become dirty ones and dirty mouths become diseased ones. Unfortunately, it’s a slippery slope.



To keep clean mouths clean, you have to do two things: (1) Chew (2) Brush.

For brushing we recommend a rubber thimble (or finger) brush, and meat-flavoured toothpaste.

For chewing there are several options. We like Hills prescription diet T/D, and Greenies dental chews. Even chewing on a rope-bone toy will help!


For dirty or diseased mouths, there really is only one choice. And that, is a procedure to clean the mouth.

Obviously, the worse that a mouth is, the more work needs to be done.

To help our patients (and their owners) we have embraced a concept that separates diseased mouths from those that are simply dirty.


Simple dental procedures can be performed by our specially trained nurses, much like human dental hygienists. Human dental hygienists are able to do this procedure with their patients wide awake, but our patients tend to wriggle too much! Using the lightest of general anaesthetics, an ultrasonic scaler is used to gently remove the accumulated tartar and calculus from the surface of the teeth. The dental nurse then uses a high-speed polisher to buff out any scratches. We call these mouths "Grade 1".

Once your pet gets home, the preventative care can begin. Don’t worry, we’ll go through all of the options when you come in.



Once an animal has developed gum disease, more needs to be done. The procedure to repair a diseased mouth is also performed under general anaesthetic. Gum disease is painful, so we use a stronger anaesthetic to remove all sensation, so we can be certain that your pet is not in pain. Not only do we remove any accumulated tartar and calculus from the surface of the teeth, but we also clean under the gums. When tartar builds up underneath the gum, the mouth reacts and this leads to gingivitis (also called; gum disease).



Advancing disease in the mouth can also lead to damage to the roots of the teeth. This causes pain and alters your pets ability to eat. We assess every tooth; clean the healthy ones, repair those diseased ones that can be saved and remove only those that are beyond repair. We score the severity of the disease, from "Grade 2" (for mild disease), up to "Grade 4" (for severe disease).



At Frankston Heights we are committed to doing the best job possible, and have invested in a dental xray unit to help us make the best decision for each individual tooth.


Much dental disease goes unrecognised.

And most dental disease is preventable.

Help us to help your pets by coming in for a dental examination - we’re doing them free during August - pick up the phone and call the Frankston Heights on 59714888 now.

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